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Council / Councillors face wait before making move to St Ringan’s

The current library. Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland News

IT WILL not be until early next year that council meetings move to the former St Ringan’s Church building in Lerwick.

Their transfer from the Town Hall will take place after library services move out of the building.

The library is due to move out of the building, and into its freshly refurbished former home along the road, in October.

The move, which includes shifting 77,000 books, is expected to take one to two months.

But some extra work is required on St Ringan’s before councillors can make their own move.

The new set-up will include audio and video facilities to allow Shetland Islands Council meetings to be broadcast.

The learning centre next door to St Ringan’s will be re-purposed as councillors’ offices.

A spokesperson for the council said: “There is some work required on St Ringan’s which cannot start until the building is empty, but the move will happen in early 2022 before the end of this council’s term of office.”

The next council election is due to take place in May 2022.