The SCT are far, far too busy tilting at windmills, both metaphorically and literally to have time to be concerned about such a piddling little thing as the Amenity Trust.
Shetlands Amenity Trust
Posted 03 October 2017 - 09:28 PM
The Charitable Trust have provided funds to the Amenity Trust from the start. It's one of the core organisations that the CT has agreed to keep funding.
Posted 04 October 2017 - 10:20 AM
Is it not a possibility that Shetland is being "means tested" by government and other institutions that provide finances to the many different organizations and groups that the Amenity Trust is involved with..
These funding bodies see Shetland as being well off and consequentially are they cutting our funding hoping of course we will use our oil reserves to support the beleaguered departments that are facing severe funding cuts.
This of course is what the S.I.C has been doing for years,but if this "pot of gold" is to survive it cannot be squandered on providing funding to prop up various public departments that should be financed from outside establishments like they are elsewhere in Scotland and the UK.
The Amenity Trust is just another group of departments in the public domain which will have to face up bravely to the inevitable cuts if we are to protect our reserves.
Edited by Urabug, 04 October 2017 - 10:29 AM.
Posted 04 October 2017 - 07:36 PM
The Amenity Trust has for some time had a "preserve everything" philosophy (which is admirable) which had to hit a brick wall at some point, and now it seems to have done so. Becoming involved in high investment/high maintenance projects which provide little to zero financial return over and over again cannot avoid emptying even the deepest of pockets.
They've tried to maintain a too big portfolio now for a long time, and too many of those are ravenous money pits. Old buildings and old boats are fine and well, but they might have been wiser to be more selective and realistic in their aspirations, and learned from those who have done it before them elsewhere.
The country is full of old crumbling piles that lack funds to stop them falling down, the only ones that are surviving are those who have found some way to diversify in to "selling" something to enough of the public to pay for it themselves, and likewise with boats, while keeping one or two seaworthy seems viable eleswhere, a fleet is something completely different, as the old Nil, Brenda and the rest are testament to.