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More public consultation on space centre plans

Lamba Ness in Unst where Shetland Space Centre proposes to build a commercial satellite launch base. Photo: Shetland Space CentreLamba Ness in Unst where Shetland Space Centre proposes to build a commercial satellite launch base. Photo: Shetland Space Centre

SHETLAND Space Centre is to hold a second round of public consultation events on its plans for a satellite rocket launch site in Unst.

Online events will be held between 4pm and 8pm on 13, 14 and 15 October here.

There will also been face-to-face meetings available by prior appointment in half-hour slots from 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm on these days.

It follows a previous consultation event held online in May.

Shetland Space Centre has applied for planning permission to build a vertical launch spaceport, including a launch pad complex, mobile tracking stations and assembly/integration hangar buildings with associated security fencing, access and servicing at Lamba Ness.

It also intends to create a launch and range control centre at Saxa Vord and construct a new section of access road at Northdale, just north of the former RAF base.

Those unable to attend the consultation events or who do not have access to the internet, alternative means will again be made available to contact Shetland Space Centre via post, telephone and email to obtain further information and ask questions.

An updated publicity leaflet and a questionnaire will be delivered to all domestic properties in Unst.

Shetland Space Centre project director Scott Hammond said: “Despite some limitations with the online format, the first round of public consultations in May went very well and, following discussions with Unst Community Council, we are conducting the same type of event again in October.

“For those who are unable to attend the online events, face-to-face meetings on each of the days listed with [planning consultant] Alan Farningham and myself will be available on request. These will be by appointment only and strictly follow the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 protocols.

“We look forward to engaging with everyone as our proposals progress towards a full planning application being submitted to the council.”

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