Ukraine fundraiser - 18 June 2024
Thursday 13 June 2024
 7°C   W Light Air
Ocean Kinetics - The Engineering Experts

Community / Petition calls for compensation for those ‘severely impacted’ by wind farm

Campaigners highlight the case of Lottie Robertson, who lives in Sandwater House

The half way house in the centre of the centre of the wind farm construction works. Photo: Ronnie Robertson

A PETITION has been launched by an anti-Viking Energy campaign group demanding that people whose “lives are severely impacted” by the wind farm receive compensation.

Save Shetland’s petition uses the example of Charlotte (Lottie) Robertson, a woman in her late 80s who lives in Sandwater House, or the Halfway House.

At the moment a new road is being constructed on the hills behind her home, while work on a construction compound is getting underway off the A970 not too far away.

Save Shetland say that eight of Viking Energy’s 103 turbines will be located within two kilometres of Robertson’s home – a house she has occupied since the 1950s.

Lottie Robertson pictured back in 2012.

Shetland News spoke to Robertson back in 2012 about the wind farm development, and she said she felt “helpless”.

In response, a spokesperson for Viking Energy said: “Charlotte is a very private person and Viking Energy (VEWF) respects her right to keep her affairs private.

“VEWF’s community liaison officer has been in regular contact with Charlotte over a number of years and has taken active steps to provide her with ongoing help and support.

“That help and support will continue, Covid-19 guidance permitting.”

The spokesperson said that Viking Energy has had “several meetings with Shetland Islands Council and Shetland West councillors to discuss Charlotte’s circumstances, the most recent being at the end of February 2020”.

“Both VEWF and the council are ready to consider all options to ensure Charlotte’s welfare, but these things cannot be imposed and are dependent on an approach from Charlotte herself in the first instance.”

As it stands the developer of Viking Energy will pay around £2.2 million a year in funding for community projects from when construction is completed in 2024.

Money will also be paid to those who own land on which turbines will be erected.

The online petition can be found here.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.

Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.

Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has  over 600 supporters  who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.

Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -

  • Bring you the headlines as they happen;
  • Stay editorially independent;
  • Give a voice to the community;
  • Grow site traffic further;
  • Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.

If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.



Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.