Name: Arwed Wenger Electoral Ward: Lerwick North and Bressay Description: Independent
I am Arwed Wenger. Some people have said I am a new Shetlander and I feel honoured by this: I love Shetland and its people.
The first time I came to Shetland was in 2006 just for holidays. At the end of these holidays we had the idea to move to Shetland. Since then I have worked about seven years for Royal Mail (mainly in Lerwick North) and three years on various projects for a salmon farming company. I know Lerwick North well and Bressay quite a bit (which I am going to improve upon).
Since 2014 I have been an accredited tourist guide. I love to show Shetland’s beauty to other people and be an ambassador for Shetland.
From the first moment in Shetland I have had the ambition to make a positive contribution. My first activity was joining the project Shetland South Vision 2009.
I became a member, and later a committee member, of Shetland Field Studies Group. I saw many areas of Shetland, led tours and gave talks. I have visited more than 20 islands of our archipelago.
In 2012 I wrote an open letter to the councillors with some ideas for a strategy for Shetland. https://www.shetnews.co.uk/2012/07/03/open-letter-to-shetland-islands-council/
Since 2013 I have been a member of the Lerwick Community Council and was heavily involved in creating a cycling leaflet with the aim to make cyclists, car, truck and bus drivers partners in sharing the road.
I am a committee member of the Shetland Islands Tourist Guide Association (SITGA) and the treasurer of Transition Shetland and the Lerwick History Group.
I am interested in a strong and prospering local economy. I hold a degree in economics and my work before moving to Shetland was working out business finances, developing enterprises and business plans.
A good education is crucial for our children and young people. We should try to find ways to integrate Shetland’s educational possibilities into the opportunities Scotland and the UK can offer.
A healthy future demands a healthy environment. We here in Shetland cannot solve all problems of the world, but we have some possibilities to do our bit.
Think of our most important industry: Aquaculture. Whether it is catching or farming seafood, the outcome is highly dependent on the condition of the sea around Shetland. We need to treat this with very great care.
Ecologically acceptable transport
This means for me convenient public transport integrating bicyclists’ needs, sharing cars, alternative transport systems, … Very important are the connections among the modes of transport. This includes fixed links for me too.
I will support people and the communities in their fight against fuel poverty. This means improving existing houses as well as getting fuel costs down.
Lively communities are a key for attracting people to live in an area. I will work towards Shetland being a strong community. A strong community can care better for its young, vulnerable, weak and old people.
I will fully engage and will always be available to the people and communities of Bressay and Lerwick North. Speak with me.
I am happy to take things up and get them dealt with.
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