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Election / Lerwick North to be contested as more candidates declare

Lerwick North and Bressay candidates Arwed Wenger and Ian Tinkler

IT LOOKS as though Lerwick North and Bressay is the first council ward to have a contest after two more candidates came forward to stand in the May election.

Lerwick community councillor Arwed Wenger and retired dentist Ian Tinkler have both declared their intention to represent the ward, which has three seats.

Wenger, who also stood in the Lerwick South by-election in November 2019, got his canvassing under way last weekend when he attended a tree planting event organised by Bressay Development Group.

The development company is planning to create a four hectare woodland over the next three years at the east site of the island next to Brough Loch.

Wenger, who has lived in Lerwick for almost 15 years, said he has always been supportive of a vibrant and strong economy, as well as an ecologically acceptable and inter-connected transport system, including fixed links.

Westside man Tinkler, meanwhile, announced his candidacy on his Facebook page saying he had decided to stand in the ward he had spent half his working life in.

He added: “My policy [is] honesty and no false pledges, Crown Dependency, an independent Shetland, free of Holyrood and Westminster wherever practicable.”

The other two candidates standing in this ward are current member Stephen Leask and former political leader Gary Robinson, who was also seen digging holes for trees in Bressay at the weekend.

Please note: Rather than standing in the Lerwick North and Bressay ward has now (Tuesday 22 March) decided to contest the Shetland West ward.