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News round-up / Schools’ climate change funding, drone survey, Hogmanay stream proves popular, advice for EU citizens

North Roe Primary School. Photo: SIC
North Roe Primary School. Photo: SIC

A NUMBER of local schools, as well as Shetland Recreational Trust, have received funding to help them do their bit to tackle climate change.

North Roe Primary School has received £10,000 through the Scottish Government’s Community Climate Asset Fund to buy food growing equipment.

Burravoe Primary has secured £7,388 for the same purpose, as has Fair Isle Primary School (£1,658) and Sandness (£1,342.98).

The recreational trust, which operates Shetland’s leisure centres, has bagged £18,600 for low-energy lighting.

The fund is designed to tackle climate change and support Scotland’s green recovery from the pandemic.

A total of 279 projects across Scotland have been selected for a slice of more than £3.2 million.

Climate change secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “In what remains an exceptionally difficult time for us all, this funding is providing fast, tangible support to deliver long-lasting benefits to community based organisations while also helping them tackle climate change as we accelerate our just transition to a net zero society.

A DRONE will be used by Shetland Heat Energy and Power later this month to carry out a survey of the district heating network in Lerwick.

The process will use thermal imaging to allow a non-intrusive look at the network.

The drone will fly at an altitude of 90 meters above ground, and it will be operated by local operator Shetland Flyer Aerial Media.

OVER 45,000 people tuned into Shetland Arts’ Hogmanay live stream, which broadcast pre-recorded performances from local acts to people across the globe.

The broadcast is still available to be viewed on Shetland Arts’ Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Although Mareel is closed this month, Shetland Arts still has a number of online activities on offer.

INFORMATION and advice is available about support for EU citizens living in Shetland post-Brexit.

The local Citizen’s Advice Bureau is offering phone and Zoom appointments on 18, 19 and 20 January.

The branch has received UK government funding to provide local support to those who need help applying for EU settled status or simply want some advice.

Bureau Manager Karen Eunson said: “People can apply themselves but, if anyone would like extra support, we can help.”

Appointments can be requested on sicab@shetland.org or 01595 694696.