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Community / Scalloway community invited to give views on future of waterfront

Scalloway.

A NEW pier in the heart of Scalloway with a dedicated berth for historic vessel the Swan is one of many ideas being proposed for the future of the village’s waterfront and town centre.

Two drop-in events will take place between 1pm and 5pm today (Friday) and 10am to 5pm on Saturday to allow the public to share their views on options for the waterfront.

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A session for young people only will be held at the youth centre on Saturday between 6.30pm and 7.30pm.

For those who are unable to attend in person, an online consultation event has been set up online where the display boards can be viewed.

The aim of the events, which are organised by the Scalloway Community Development Company, is to gather views on how the waterfront and centre of the village could be developed in the future.

It follows on from the Re-Create Scalloway project which took place in 2018/19.

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The development company has commissioned Ironside Farrar to prepare a feasibility study and masterplan to develop and advance proposals, and it is the consultants will be on hand at the drop-in events to discuss ideas and suggestions.

Two key new opportunities in the village which have been highlighted are the Swan Trust looking for a dedicated berth for its sail training ship, and arts organisation GAADA being keen to create a new base in Scalloway.

Some ideas which have been mooted including creating a new pier in the heart of the waterfront which would berth the Swan as well as offer pontoon facilities.

There is also a suggested expansion of land at the waterfront, which would create greater walking and parking space.

One of the most ambitious ideas is to fill in part of the bay and create a new road along the waterfront.

This suggestion was coined to deal with congestion on Main Street, mitigate flooding risk and provide additional car parking space.

But there is concern of the impact on the character of the area, the cost and implications for the environment.

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