Letters / Not a very accessible place

I read your article Increased demand from cruise passengers blamed as buses too full for wheelchair user (Shetland News, 8 Sep 2023) with dismay and mildly boiling blood.

Why did no able-bodied passengers offer to get off the bus so that the wheelchair user could get on?

How many people were standing or sitting in the spaces reserved for the disabled?

There are too many selfish people visiting Shetland.

Would the proposed tourist tax ensnare cruise ship passengers? Probably not but a doubling of their berthing costs would.

My quadriplegic son has been a wheelchair user for his entire life, I am resigned to the fact that he will never be realistically able to visit me in Shetland. It is not a very accessible place.

Two legged tourists are welcome but just because their ferries are bigger than ours, it doesn’t mean locals should be pushed to the back of the queue.

Ian Simmins



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