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    Editorial: Time to reform and devolve council tax

    Originally published by and copyright of www.shetnews.co.uk

    IT'S HARD not to have some sympathy with SIC councillors this week. The five per cent hit to its budget imposed by the SNP government, the largest cut proportionally for any Scottish local authority, reinforces the feeling that Shetland is being short-changed. Given the huge economic revenue our indigenous industries, especially fishing and seafood, provide to the UK exchequer, should we really be heading into next year’s council elections contemplating the prospect of shutting several rural schools in order to balance the books?

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    Nelson remanded

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    A TWENTY six year old man has been remanded in custody after appearing at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday charged with brandishing a hammer at a member of the public.

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    Councillors condemn ‘worst settlement’ as budget agreed

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    Councillors have today agreed a “balanced budget” despite hefty cuts in the settlement from the Scottish government that sees the SIC grant down about 5.1 per cent compared with some other Scottish council grant cuts of 1.5 per cent. The budget agreed by the SIC includes a mandated freeze in council tax, £1m to be […]

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    Record entry for Schools Music Festival

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    A record number of primary school pupils will take part in this year’s Shetland Schools Music Festival. The annual event will be held in Mareel next month and more than 300 entries from individuals and groups have been received by organisers. Committee member Noelle Henderson said: “This year’s festival promises a packed programme and some […]

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    SIC sets budget after ‘galling’ 5% funding cut

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    SIC leader Gary Robinson: funding settlement "hugely disappointing", but penalties "far outweigh any political gain there might be in having a spat with the Scottish Government over this".SIC COUNCILLORS have unanimously, if reluctantly, set a budget for 2016/17 which sees the islands receiving the worst settlement of any local authority in Scotland. The “galling” loss of more than five per cent of its funding prompted strong criticism of the SNP government from council leader Gary Robinson and several of his fellow councillors.

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    Moral duty of care (George Hobbin)

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    It must concern all that if HNP were to close upwards of 20 people would lose employment, not to mention their customers.

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    Time for a change (Gordon Thomson)

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    In a week when local councils are being asked to accept a £350 million cut in their support grant from the Scottish government, the question has to be asked, why?

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    Association highlights dangers of fishing near Total pipelines

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    Fishermen’s spokesmen are furious that a solution for “dangerous” gas industry pipelines in Yell Sound has not been forthcoming despite the announcement that the first gas is flowing through the Shetland Gas Plant. According to industry leaders a large swathe of Yell Sound has been taken off the charts thanks to heaps of rock up […]

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    Voe collision

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    There was a two vehicle collision on the A968 at Voe this morning. According to Police Scotland the collision happened outside Norville House at 6.50am involving cars driven by a man and woman. The man suffered some cuts and bruises but neither driver required hospital treatment.

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    Drugs courier in custody

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    A MAN has been arrested after being found in possession of suspected heroin worth £15,000 at the Holmsgarth ferry terminal, in Lerwick.

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    Minor collision

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    THERE was a two-vehicle road collision in Voe on Wednesday morning.

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    Man arrested following weapon threat

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    A TWENTY six year old man has been arrested and charged in connection with an incident where a member of the public was allegedly threatened with an unspecified weapon in Lerwick.

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    HNP complains to charity watchdog

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    SLAP has offered £27,000 to buy the HNP Engineers premises.THE WAR of words between Lerwick business HNP Engineers and the Shetland Charitable Trust has intensified after the marine engineering company made an official complaint to charity regulator OSCR. At the end of last year HNP publicly voiced its unhappiness that the trust's property development company SLAP was pursuing plans to evict the business from its Commercial Road site and sell it to Chester-based company Cityheart to build Shetland College UHI student accommodation.

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    Town hall is upgraded

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    Lerwick Town Hall has been reclassified as an A-listed building.LERWICK Town Hall has been re-graded to become a Grade A listed building – a move Shetland Islands Council hopes will boost its case for external funding to repair its fabric.

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    Council outlines ‘placemaking’ plans

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    A six-week consultation has been launched by Shetland Islands Council to find out what the community thinks of its new local planning guidance document known as “placemaking”. Council planning official Jonny Wiseman said placemaking was an approach which aimed to provide pointers to local development. He said: “Placemaking is aimed at architects, planning agents and […]

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    School meals booking goes online for pilot scheme

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    A pilot project which will allow parents to book their children’s school meals online will be launched in several primary schools. The SIC is taking part in a Scottish government promoted scheme already used in other parts of the country. It will mean all meals have to be booked a week in advance and council […]

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    Fishermen round on Total over pipeline dangers

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    Fishermen in Shetland are being warned of the dangers of posed by Total's gas pipelines in Yell Sound. Photo: Shetnews/Hans J. MarterSHETLAND Fishermen’s Association (SFA) is warning skippers of the dangers of fishing near Total’s gas pipelines in Yell Sound and is calling on the multinational energy firm to take its promises to the isles seriously. The fishermen’s body has accused the company of "doing nothing" to make the area safe. It is urging shellfish boats in particular to stay away amid “serious” concerns for vessel safety.

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    Several charges denied

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    A man has been accused of stealing car keys and taking a car without its owner’s consent. Peter Henderson, 34, of Kalliness, Weisdale, is charged with driving in Lerwick while disqualified, with no test certificate or insurance. Henderson is also alleged to have stolen groceries and a television set. He is charged with failing to […]

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    Denies supermarket theft

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    A THIRTY four year old man has denied taking a car without consent before going on to steal groceries and a television from a Lerwick supermarket.

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    Tribute act to bring ‘spirit of the Pogues’ to Lerwick

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    One of Ireland’s most popular tribute bands are making the trip north early next month to play in Shetland for the first time. The Pogoes, who pay tribute to the legendary Pogues, will play at Mareel in Lerwick on Saturday 5th March. Over the best part of a decade the seven-piece group have built up […]

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