THE MOORFIELD Hotel in Brae is now set to close in August – bringing its 45 redundancies forward by a month.
The closure, which stems from Shetland Gas Plant workers moving out of the hotel, had previously been set for September.
Gas plant operator Total’s contract at the hotel was initially due to end in August but it had requested an extension to September.
Stuart McCaffer of hotel owner BDL, however, has now said Total no longer wants the extension – meaning the Moorfield will now close next month shortly after the contract ends on 5 August.
He said staff are “very upset” at the redundancies being brought forward by a month.
The gas plant workers will be housed at the Sella Ness accommodation facility going forward.
BDL previously launched legal action against the decision to keep Sella Ness open in the Court of Session.
Councillors rejected a third extension of temporary planning permission for the facility but it was overturned on appeal, allowing it to stay open through to 2026.
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