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  1. A net washing plant planned for Toft will cover some 10,000 sq. metres and the 50 feet high buildings will sit uncomfortably close to existing private houses at Toft pier. The owners of these houses were never contacted on this and only became aware of the plan a couple of days ago via Shetlink. Just a day or so before the last date for objection, planned secrecy perhaps! The powers that be apparently knew all about this before last Xmas. I wanted to know why the plant could not be built at Sellaness as it is an industrial area after all and it is well away from private dwellings. The response from a local councillor: "There's not a cat in hells chance of it being accepted there. They're forever testing the water there, they would never allow this." Oh Well! quite all right at Toft though, nobody testing the water there eh! Plenty of tide to take the noxious stuff away perhaps. No need to worry about the water quality there it seems. It's going to provide jobs anyway. But hey! maybe it could provide even more jobs if it was built at Sellaness. Operating a water treatment plant to ensure pollution kept within limits and ensuring good water quality. And the unfortunate house owners at Toft pier wouldn't have nets being unloaded at all times of the night, forklifts buzzing here and there, and the stench from stored dirty and freshly treated nets wafting through their windows. Oh! yes! and let us not forget the increased traffic which is already problematic at times with long queues waiting for the ferry.
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