It all comes down to cost,if one has to transport materials to and from the town it is far more expensive.but still many seem to manage like bakers & butchers . What is the point of building houses in areas where there is no work and little possibility of work,simply to create a situation where the necessity of transport becomes a problem for work ,schools ect. Many could work from home but the "data protection act" prevents this .Would you like the "friends ,neighbours and children"viewing your personal files in someones home as they pop along for a chat and a cup of coffee. How could one prevent this outside an office enviroment It is this problem with confidentiality that deters many from allowing staff to work fom home. If someone is interested in croft work and has some land then the little bit extra earned from this along with a job can make it worth while being out in the country.Not everyone is in this position. Why was there empty houses in Mossbank for years.? This is a very complex issue that requires much thought,council cannot just built houses in rural areas and then face additional costs transporting children to and from school and the extra cost to the country of unemployment benifits if there is no work. The Mossbsnk houses was a mistake as what the SIC should have done was build temporary accommodation to address the temporary need for Sullom construction accommodation. As too building houses in places where there is no work - there are several reasons why. Firstly its where folk want to bide and services (shop, school, fish factory, bakery, builders etc) should be encouraged & supported by all involved agencies, SIC etc. There isn't enough room in Lereick for everything & what a crap place Shetland would be if everything, everyone lived & worked in or around the toon. More importantly if our local political, planning & development agencies don't support rural Shetland & continually force things into Lerwick, a future Scottish government might start applying the same stupid ideology and cut support to Shetland, encouraging folk to relocate to Aberdeenshire. Date protection as an excuse for not encouraging home working or rural hubs is just that, an excuse. Data protection is no better protected in one big building in a town or city centre.