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Weather / Most schools in the north closed for another day

Meanwhile SIC convener Andrea Manson says council staff have often ‘gone beyond the call of duty’ over the last week

WITH winter finally starting to loose its grip on the isles, most of the schools in the North Isles and the North Mainland will stay closed for another day on Wednesday.

Closed today are:

  • Baltasound Junior High School;
  • Mid Yell Junior High School and Burravoe Primary School;
  • Brae High School and the primary schools at North Roe, Ollaberry, Urafirth, Mossbank, Nesting and Lunnasting.

In Yell, Cullivoe Primary School will be open.

The weather is expected to improve today but with poor road conditions in places, there are changes to school transport this morning.

For pupils in Burra the bus will not go to Papil but will pick up and turn at Freefield for Hamnavoe Primary School and Anderson High School. In Nesting, the Anderson High School bus will start from the shop only.

There will be no school bus through Gulberwick this morning, for the Anderson High School and Sound Primary School.

All other schools and early years settings in the West, Central, South Mainland and Whalsay are open, with school transport elsewhere operating as normal.

For latest updates on school transport call the voicebank on 01595 745743.

Meanwhile most public bus services in the north of Shetland are currently suspended pending reviews later this morning.

The B9075 Kergord road is now open to through traffic again after being closed on Tuesday.

Shetland Islands Council convener Andrea Manson has also given “heartfelt thanks” on behalf of elected members to staff who have tackled the tough conditions over the last week.

She said some have gone “beyond the call of duty on many occasions”.

The council’s gritting service has been at full capacity to try to keep roads clear, but side roads have often proved difficult.

Speaking at a meeting of the full council on Wednesday, Manson said: “Everybody has worked so hard to keep things as normal as possible despite the weather’s very worst intentions.”

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With improving weather and road conditions across Shetland, essy kert collections for recycling for household waste and recycling will take place as normal wherever possible today.

The only exception is in Bressay, where black bag collections will take place tomorrow (Thursday).

Any black bags missed in the North Mainland recently will be collected next week.

Paper and card recycling collections will be rescheduled for a future date.

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