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Election / Election round-up 16 April 2022

MORE than half of the candidates for the upcoming council elections have committed to signing a pledge supporting the local fishing industry.

The pledge has been organised by Shetland Fishermen’s Association.

As of Friday afternoon more than 20 candidates had stated their intention to sign it.

The association is publicising which candidates have signed the pledge so far on its Twitter feed.

ANOTHER hustings event is being planned for the Shetland West ward.

The event will be hosted by Sandsting & Aithsting Community Council on Thursday 21 April in the Aith Hall from 7.30pm.

A similar hustings event was held in Walls earlier in the week.

Lerwick Community Council is also planning to host a debate with the town’s candidates in the days leading up to the 5 May elections.

SHETLAND Central candidate Brian Nugent believes the time is right to “open the vaults” at the charitable trust to bolster energy efficiency measures in local homes.

“There is an insulation programme administered by the council, with limited annual funds, that could be opened out further to get heating bills across the isles down and to reduce Shetland’s carbon footprint,” he said.

“The trust governing deed requires that the Trustees act in the best interests of the inhabitants of Shetland, well here is an opportunity for the trust to shine.”

Meanwhile the candidate – who is standing under the Sovereignty banner – also said opening up the Cambo oil field “makes short-term sense”.

INDEPENDENT Shetland West candidate Ian Tinkler says for environmental reasons he is doing no leafleting or house visits during the campaign.

However, he said will be available to speak to people at the Aith leisure centre every Thursday from 4pm to 6pm.

The full list of candidates standing in the council elections can be found here

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