Your analysis of available reserves is flawed – indeed it is disinformation!
Firstly, you can’t consider the local authority pension fund as being part of the equation, so don’t give the Shetland community a false expectation.
Secondly, SIC has no control over charitable trust funding strategy – however in my election manifesto I call for a reset of strategic goals between SIC and SCT as a priority.
I do recognise we have reached a healthy position with reserves.
However, we already commit between £15-20 million per annum toward maintaining our existing services and capital programme, and I’m comfortable with this.
Having reached a stable, well governed basis for use of investments, we now have much more scope to take decisions to further protect/grow services and invest in our infrastructure.
A priority for me is to invest in our roads infrastructure and allow long overdue upgrades to these assets – at the same time as providing at least some paths/cycle ways for pedestrians whilst doing so.
Road safety is a major issue with voters, both on main roads and minor roads – a long list is forming, including a strong case for a blanket 20mph for Scalloway.
Independent candidate for the Shetland Central ward