Posted 30 May 2018 - 07:14 AM
Look at the impact bridges have had on Burra and Trondra - more folk and more houses but I wonder if some of the older ‘natives’ think it’s all been change for the better? Fewer local services, more unkan folk living there, possibly a sense that it feels no different to anywhere else in the Lerwick ‘commuter belt’ rather than its own ‘self-sufficient’ community? I don’t know but I’d imagine that there’d be a view among some that it has less of a unique ‘identity’ than it used to.
Even since the inter-island ferries started, I think the isles too have become a lot less ‘self-sufficient’ with more folk travelling to the Mainland more frequently for work, shopping, events, entertainment etc. That will only happen more if and when fixed links come. The advantages are obvious but I think there will be downsides too that are often overlooked.
That all said, I’m not sure Yell, Unst and Whalsay (Bressa is probably the exception) would change the same way that Burra and Trondra have. I just think they’re all still too far from Lerwick to see the same increase in population/housebuilding.