Also in the news / Whale bone caught, housing call and more…

Photo: Paul Moar

IT IS certainly an unusual catch by a fishing boat – a large whale bone.

The bone was caught by the whitefish trawler Arcturus off Muckle Flugga last week and brought ashore in Lerwick.

It is suspected that it could be from a fin whale.

A FRESH call has been made for more council housing in areas such as the North Isles.

Speaking at an SIC development committee meeting earlier today (Wednesday), North Isles member Robert Thomson said there is a lack of housing in Yell and Unst to support business, particularly in aquaculture.

“I think it’s very urgent that we try to get something done about that,” he said.

But west member Liz Peterson said some outlying communities on mainland Shetland are in need of support too.

“It’s as difficult for folk to sustain living in those areas, as it is for some of the islands,” she said.


TEMPORARY change of use planning permission has been granted to turn the ground floor of the Anderson Institute at the former Anderson High School in Lerwick into a creative hub.

The floor will be occupied by Shetland Arts, with features including artist studios, exhibition space and a tool library.

The project, which will initially run as a pilot, will form part of the wider Knab redevelopment.

SCOTTISH farming businesses will see support payments start to reach their bank accounts this week, two weeks ahead of last year’s first payments.

The initial payments are worth approximately £288 million in total and will be paid to over 13,000 businesses across Scotland.

Rural affairs secretary Mairi Gougeon said: “I am determined to support Scotland’s farmers and crofters, who are the backbone of our nation, as we transition from the EU’s CAP Payment system to a support framework that realises our vision for Scotland to be a global leader in sustainable agriculture.”

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