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Council / Islands deal not the place for fixed links or digital connectivity funding, SIC leader says
Council / Not upgrading energy recovery plant could result in ‘catastrophic failure’ of facility
Updated SIC leader keen for clarity on timetable for easing restrictionsMSP urges Wheelhouse to release details on the lifting of Covid restrictions for the islands
Council / Air traffic control motion wins support of councillorsThe motion requests a meeting be convened between Shetland Islands Council, HIAL and government ministers
Council / No reason to halt Viking Energy construction work, council report on petition saysCouncillor Moraig Lyall, however, said there were ‘glaring gaps’ in report
Council / ‘Transformational’ islands growth deal signedKey projects in line for major investment over the next ten years
Council / New Cullivoe road gets green light
Council / ‘Prudent and affordable’ budget approved by council
Election / Election planning an ‘additional pressure’ on council workload
Council / Another unsustainable draw on reserves expected but finances are ‘moving in the right direction’
Council / Broadcasting council meetings live would ‘open up the chamber’
Transport / Council motion calls for air traffic control project to be paused
Council / SIC keen to get to bottom of concerns over cars’ suitability for winter weatherInfrastructure director John Smith says the safety of staff is “critically important”
Community / Reassurances given over burial ground concerns
Marine / Redeveloped Toft pier in line to open in spring
Council / SIC receives accreditation after taking part in gender equality scheme
Transport / Design work undertaken on improvements to Levenwick road
Transport / Time to bump fixed links up the political agenda, councillors urge
Council / ‘Try every possible angle’ to tackle planning staff shortage, councillor saysShetland’s location pinpointed as a possible reason behind difficulty in recruiting
Council / New residential care facility for young people edges closer to openingEducation and families committee, meanwhile, is happy with children’s services budget for year ahead
Council / Hopes that direct contact will end ‘worrying practice’ of tankers lying off coastCouncil convener Bell ‘really pleased’ with response from oil industry
Council / Lerwick phone mast would be a ‘monstrosity’, meeting hears as appeal is deniedCouncillors also remove a planning condition for a new house at Scatsta following an appeal
Politics / Boris Johnson responds to letter on Shetland self-determination – and hopes to visit isles this year
Business / New fund to support businesses not eligible for Covid funding
Council / Council tax rates to be frozen
Council / Council tax expected to be frozen next financial yearCouncillors are also to discuss the creation of a Covid-19 support fund to plug the holes in government schemes
Marine / Oil-laden tanker departs – but weather is pinpointed as reason
Education / Don’t cut spending in education to plug any Covid funding shortfall, councillor warns
Education / Councillors seek reassurance over remote learningThe education and families committee also hears that staff in children’s services have already begun receiving Covid vaccinations
Council / Ferry cash gives council significant rise in expected core funding for year ahead
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