Urabug Posted November 21, 2017 Report Share Posted November 21, 2017 I would have thought that if living on one of the "islands" was such a bad deal because of the lack of a 24/7 connection to the mainland then the populations would already be diminished to almost nothing. I realise that selling up a home & maybe land too & establishing yourself & possibly family in another area is not an easy, overnight process, but I can't say that I have noticed any major move towards that. If the vast majority of these island residents really want a tunnel then fair enough but I think it would inevitably & irreversibly change their communities. The moral of the tale, "be careful of what you wish for".Oil and the roll on roll of Ferries arrived almost at the same time creating many jobs, on Yell and Unst also Fetlar. Many of those with good jobs bought and built houses ,some within the islands others moved to the mainland,but it was a time of prosperity that is what kept the islands vibrant. Times are now changing there is no longer (at present anyway) the same level of work in Unst and with fewer jobs in the oil/gas industry at Sullom less prospects available all round. Good news today though regarding North Sea gas which ultimately might bring about a few more jobs. The bottom line is to keep this "vibrancy" in the islands requires jobs. We can build all the tunnels and bridges we want but they will only be a help if there is something to keep and retain the population . shetlander has hit the nail on the head, a bridge/tunnel might see facilities like schools ,care centers ,health centers ect that are already on the islands being relocated to the Mainland creating more unemployment. One other point many who have had the privilege of also having a little croft as well as a job,might because of the Brexit situation find they will be receiving a lot less subsidy in the future,another blow to those trying to survive on the islands. What would Shetland look like if we spend £millions building and constructing tunnels and bridges then the population on those islands dropping. Capeesh 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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