Letters / We are still waiting!

Following your article on the demolition phase beginning for the former Anderson High School at the Knab, readers should be extremely wary of the spin put on the plans by development director Neil Grant.

Knab demolition contractors to arrive on site

The results and subsequent amendments – assuming the consultation meant anything – to the Master Plan still have not been published, a year after the consultation.

The clear overdevelopment of housing, which will create parking and circulation issues, especially as no thought/plan has been put in place to ensure adequate public transport for the site, demonstrates yet again that the council simply does not listen, and if it does, takes no cognisance of what people say.

To this end we have alerted Planning Aid Scotland that it is highly likely that we will be lodging objections, if the existing Master Plan plan is not amended when planning permission is finally sought by the SIC.


It is just so typical for consultants and council officers to come up with plans that have no consequences for them as individuals, who have no knowledge or insight into the lived experience of an area.

Despite requests for sight of the revised Master Plan and the original briefing given to ‘sooth’ consultants of the housing and other site proposals, we are still waiting.

Wondering if this public missive will move things along?

For residents surrounding the site – living in what was formerly the Twageos and Harbour town wards,  they may wish to consider joining SERA  – email jimmytex1@gmail.com for details  – to ensure your collective voice is heard, ensuring the site is developed in keeping with sustainable development principles, meeting economic, social and environmental criteria, including climate change mitigation.

There are acres of land on Bressay, part of Lerwick North Ward to take the pressure off an already overbuilt town lacking in proportionate green space amenity. All that is needed is a very short tunnel!!

James J Paton
Sooth-End ( Lerwick) Residents Association
c/o 20 Leog

Note from the editor: Shetland Islands Council said it had sent out an info pack to all residents on 9 June.

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