Saturday 13 July 2024
 13.4°C   NNE Moderate Breeze
Ocean Kinetics - The Engineering Experts

Also in the news / NorthLink beer, empty housing call, pre-payment meters and more…

NorthLink's Tanya Sim (left) and Vikki Grant.

SERCO NorthLink Ferries is celebrating its tenth anniversary by launching its own craft beer.

The company has run the Northern Isles ferry service since July 2012.

It has now teamed up with Lerwick Brewery to create ‘Magnus IPA’, which is now available for purchase exclusively on board the NorthLink ferries.

It is a sweet IPA with “subtle notes of tropical fruits and opting for a royal blue can with a sweeping wave design”.

Serco NorthLink Ferries’ customer service director Billy Robb said: “We wanted to do something special to celebrate the anniversary, and what better to toast to 10 years than with our very own NorthLink beer.

“It’s extremely important to us to support businesses which are local to the islands that we serve – it’s why so many of the products for sale on board our ship are from Shetland and Orkney-based suppliers – so working with the fantastic team at Lerwick Brewery was a no brainer.”


THE SCOTTISH Empty Homes Partnership has joined forces with Salmon Scotland to call for more vacant properties in Shetland to brought back into use.

Analysis shows that almost shows five per cent of homes in Shetland (558) were long-term empty in 2021, with around 400 of those having been empty for longer than a year.

Earlier this year the salmon industry proposed that licence fees and seabed rent should be reinvested into affordable housing in rural areas. There is now a focus on bringing empty homes back into use.

Shaheena Din, national project manager for the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership, said: “The figures show that empty homes are very much a problem in Shetland, with over 550 long-term empty properties that could be brought back in to use, increasing supply and providing a boost for the local economy.

“We support the campaign by Salmon Scotland to raise the issue of housing in rural areas and hope that action can be taken in Shetland that will help address the concerns of their members.”

Become a supporter of Shetland News

 

ORKNEY and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael has backed a bill to abolish higher standing charges for customers on pre-payment meters – and to require energy companies to provide social tariffs for low-income households.

The bill has been sponsored by a cross-party group of MPs and aims to reduce the disparity in energy costs for those on pre-payment meters and to re-introduce lower cost tariffs as a safety net for those in most need.

Speaking after the bill was introduced, Carmichael said: “I am glad to back this bill which would address a longstanding inequality in energy costs.

“Families on pre-payment meters pay some of the highest rates for their energy, particularly due to inflated standing charges, and so it is only fair that we take measures to reduce that imbalance.”


A LOCAL sea shanty group has received funding from the Dementia Inclusive Singing Network.

The Shalder Singers feature members from all across Shetland.

They plan to host a fundraiser in February to mark their first anniversary, and a sea shanty concert is planned to coincide with the Tall Ships visit next summer.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.

Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.

Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has  over 600 supporters  who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.

Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -

  • Bring you the headlines as they happen;
  • Stay editorially independent;
  • Give a voice to the community;
  • Grow site traffic further;
  • Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.

If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.

 

Newsletters

Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.