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POLICE have been called to a two-car crash on the B9073 near the Black Gaet junction, south of Lerwick.

Emergency services were alerted to the collision at just after 5pm on Thursday.

Officers are still at the scene and there is no further information at this time.


SHETLAND Islands Council is advising that the B9075 road will be closed at Upper Kergord for resurfacing work from tomorrow (Friday) until the following Friday (1 October).

The closure to repair damage done during the SSEN-Transmission work at Upper Kergord, will be in place daily, including weekends, from 9am to 5pm.

However, the SIC has already warned that the period of closure might overrun “a little” depending on the availability of Bitmac from the Scord quarry.

A diversion will be in place via the Stromfirth road from Weisdale to Girlsta.


ORKNEY MSP Liam McArthur has launched a public consultation on legalising assisted dying as a choice for terminally ill, mentally competent adults in Scotland. 

McArthur said that in his time as MSP he had heard from many dying people and grieving families feeling they had been failed by the current blanket ban on assisted dying.

“I have watched other countries, such as Australia and New Zealand put new laws in place to ensure their citizens can have a peaceful and dignified death and I believe that the time is right for Scotland to look again at providing our dying people with more choice at the end of life,” he said

“How we die is an issue for our whole society and I am keen that this public consultation encourages a nationwide discussion on what we need to do to give dying people the help and support they need to have a good death.”

The consultation runs until 22 December 2021 and can be found here.


 AS SHETLAND Islands Council is preparing the islands’ housing strategy for the next five years, local people are being asked for their input.

The strategy aims to set a new plan for homes and communities in Shetland, setting out priorities to tackle the main housing issues, and links to the Housing to 2040 vision for Scotland.

Chair of the council’s development committee, councillor Alastair Cooper, said: “With the current pressures in the housing market there has never been a more important time for the community of Shetland to have their say in shaping the future of local housing.”

The online survey can be found here.  Paper copies are available by calling 01595 744360.

Respondents can also choose whether they want to provide contact details to be involved in future discussions.


LOCAL chartered surveyor Lowrie Simpson has been shortlisted for the national Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Young Surveyor of the Year award.

The award looks to reward a young individual (under 35 years) who shows excellent skills in analysing and measuring the value of buildings, businesses, or assets.

Simpson said: “It’s an honour and a privilege to be recognised amongst some of the best surveyors across the UK. It makes all the hard work worthwhile.”

Industry leaders will now commence the next round of judging; with winners announced on 19 November at the awards ceremony being held in London.