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Health chief’s concern over getting more young folk active
Health / Funding granted for day surgery refurbishment
Health / Health board to use funding to support victims of sexual crimes
Hefty drop in investments value ‘swings and roundabouts’
Transport / Loganair plans to revamp fleet
Plans to keep Sella Ness accommodation open until 2026
Business Gateway – Connect with your local business advisers
Student hostel plans fall flatHNP Engineers moved out of the site two years ago.
Environment / Farm plastic could be sent to incinerator
Money talks as councillors take part in budget seminars
Call for full Yell ferry service on MondaysThere are currently eight fewer sailings to allow for maintenance and training.
Lerwick to host cruise ship emergency planning exerciseA MULTI-agency emergency planning exercise is set to take place in Lerwick next year to explore the consequences of a major terrorist incident on a cruise ship.
Plans in for Sandwick housingMORE social housing could be on the horizon for Sandwick after plans were submitted for 12 units.
More input into next ferry contractThe next Northern Isles contract will begin in October.
SLAP reshuffleThe council took over the property company last month.
Concerns over airline’s winter scheduleSHETLAND’s transport partnership ZetTrans is to write a letter to Loganair raising concerns over the airline’s winter timetable which sees the isles’ connections to Inverness, Orkney and Edinburgh affected.
Fire chief gives reassurance over stationsSCOTTISH Fire and Rescue Service’s head of service delivery for the north of Scotland has given a reassurance that there are no station closures planned in Shetland despite national financial constraints.
Community / Concerns raised over drink-driving on islandsCONCERNS have been raised in some of Shetland’s island communities over a “perceived resurgence” in drink-driving.
Pubs and clubs get festive extensionSHETLAND’s pubs have been given the green light to stay open to 2am during the festive period.
Hotel warned over licenceA REVIEW into the Spiggie Hotel’s licence to sell alcohol is set to be carried out over a lack of clarity on who its premises manager is and an outstanding licence fee payment.
Turbine would cut school’s electricity billsAROUND £10,000 a year could be saved on electricity as Shetland Islands Council looks into installing a wind turbine at Baltasound Junior High School in Unst.
Significant leak at lighthouse tearoomTHE STEVENSON Room at the Sumburgh Head Lighthouse – which offers panoramic views across the sea – is likely to be out of action for a number of months after suffering significant water damage in recent bad weather.
Unst projects could bid for heritage fundingMoney is available from Scottish Natural Heritage.
Concern over fracking investmentFund managers Baillie Gifford said it invests SIC money into two fracking companies.
Business / Economic strategy approved by SICSHETLAND Islands Council has given the green light to implementing a refreshed economic development strategy which aims to see 250 new private sector jobs created in the isles over the next four years.
Health board chairman: no ‘surprises’ in damning audit reportTHE CHAIRMAN of NHS Shetland says there were no real surprises in a new Audit Scotland report which said the national health service is no longer in a financially sustainable position and needs to move away from short-term fire-fighting to long-term change.
Community / Lodberry hopes sink for scoutsTalks are ongoing about finding alternative premises.
Politics / Scores of community council vacancies remainOVER 40 seats on community councils across Shetland remain unfilled after a recent election despite increased efforts to encourage people to put their name forward.
Community / SIC explores Da Street going ‘car free’A PUBLIC consultation is set to be carried out next year on whether Lerwick’s Commercial Street should have a “car free period” during the day.
Community / Communities encouraged to explore new asset legislationCOMMUNITY groups are being encouraged to follow Nesting’s lead and explore acquiring Shetland Islands Council property under new legislation.
SIC buys SLAP portfolio in ‘landmark deal’SHETLAND Islands Council (SIC) has taken ownership of a wide range of assets including its North Ness headquarters and Shetland College after striking a deal with Shetland Leasing and Property Developments Limited (SLAP) worth just under £17.5 million.
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