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OUTGOING council convener Malcolm Bell has taken part in his final meeting of the Scottish Provosts Association.

The Lerwick North councillor chairs the association, which represents Scotland’s 32 civic heads – conveners, provosts, lord provosts, as well as their deputes

The group held its final meeting of the current council term in Perth recently ahead of the 5 May elections.

Among of the aims of the Scottish Provosts Association is to promote the image and dignity of local authorities and to “advance the well-being of Scottish local democracy and the people of Scotland”.

WITH the council elections less than one month away the first hustings is being held this week.

The Sandness and Walls Community Council is hosting the debate at the Walls Hall tomorrow night (Tuesday) at 7.30pm.

Most of the Shetland West candidates will be present.

The meeting is open to all members of the public and organisers are said a good attendance would be appreciated.

A total of eight candidates will be on the ballot paper for the two seats in Shetland West, although Peter Fraser has asked not to be considered for election due to personal circumstances.

AMBER Thomson won this year’s Shetland’s Got Talent event, which was held at Mareel on Saturday in aid of Cancer Research’s Relay For Life.

The singer and musician picked up most votes from the audience for her cover of Billie Eilish song The End of the World.

Skelburn and dance act Thing 1 and Thing 2 were also in the final after impressing the judges.

More than £3,000 was raised in total from the night.

SHETLAND Islands Council says it will not be able to supply coated roadstone (‘bitmac’) from the Scord Quarry to external companies and individuals for a period of time.

The council is currently receiving limited supplies of the bitumen that is used in the production of bitmac and will be unable to supply quantities of the product for commercial and private use.

Priority is having to be given to supplying the council’s own needs to maintain public highways, including essential resurfacing and patching works.

It is hoped that the shortages will be resolved in the coming weeks, and this situation will be kept under review until the supply issues are resolved.

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