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net washing plant at Toft

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#1 brochbuilder

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Posted 29 March 2019 - 10:43 PM

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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Posted 29 March 2019 - 11:20 PM

'Planning' now involves 'officials' deciding what goes where, nobody else gets a chance unless the local CC.

 

Two ex-Councillors from the last Council are on record online saying they knew no more than anybody else about the white tent at Lochside, it was given consent under 'delegated authority'. Just the other month a neighbour applied for permission to build a new house on a green field site a matter of metres from our mutual boundary, had they not gotten in contact to ascertain who the occupier was our side so that they could put it on the paperwork, I'd not have had the first clue anything was going to go there until the diggers rolled in. In the event I had no particular problem with what they were planning to do, but it would have been all the same if I did. Unless you keep a constant watch on the planning site for new applications being listed (if you can get that far before it crashes) and on CC paperwork, you could end up with anything from a sewage farm to a graveyard popping up next to you without you having the chance to express your opinion or anything else on it.

 

Thanks for that Holyrood - One step closer to communistic 'You will have whatever the states decides you will have, your consent is not required'.


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Posted 30 March 2019 - 08:53 AM

Thanks for that Holyrood - One step closer to communistic 'You will have whatever the states decides you will have, your consent is not required'.

 

It does bring to mind the Westminstorean winkers.



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Posted 30 March 2019 - 06:57 PM

^ They're as bad as each other in their own different ways. Holyrood cannot control its socialist control freak desires of having everything and everyone on multiple lists and dictating how everything is, Westminster cannot control its capitalist greed to fill their own and their mate's pockets at the expense of everyone and everything else.

 

A genuinely centrist viable alternative option would be good, but it never happens, and we flip flop back and forth from one silly extreme to the other.


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Posted 31 March 2019 - 09:02 AM

^I wonder just what percentage of the Wastemonster could tell us what happened around here in 1469, as they strip the oil profits off us by taxation.

 

Rotterdam comes to mind.



#6 Nigel Bridgman-Elliot

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Posted 31 March 2019 - 11:34 AM

> A genuinely centrist viable alternative option would be good

 

I was thinking of using the term 'centrist' in my dating profile, but I'm not sure anyone would know what it meant !

Kinda like when years ago I put in " Humanistic " and some months into the relationship my partner when I asked them what they thought of my dating advert, they thought that word meant I was humorous. :-)
 



#7 brochbuilder

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Posted 31 March 2019 - 09:45 PM

Not altogether sure Nigel what the descriptive terms in your dating profile has to do with a net
washing facility.
Unless of course you need to clean up your net profile.

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Posted 13 April 2019 - 09:03 AM

It would be interesting to hear of any issues in Lerwick re the netwashing plant there. The lasses in Leask's garage up above have said they can smell it depending on wind direction. Have there been complaints on this and is the planned course of action to haul the nets to Toft, thereby taking it away from "da toon."



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Posted 13 April 2019 - 09:09 AM

I would like to add that a fisherman friend tells me that with a certain tide you can see distinct copper colouration of the water from the net washing facility at Scalloway. Anyone else noticed this?



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Posted 13 April 2019 - 12:29 PM

we dont get any scent at our house in scalloway and we have the net washer qa fish market and a salmon factory within 100 metres of our door



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Posted 14 April 2019 - 08:06 AM

It would be interesting to hear of any issues in Lerwick re the netwashing plant there. The lasses in Leask's garage up above have said they can smell it depending on wind direction. Have there been complaints on this and is the planned course of action to haul the nets to Toft, thereby taking it away from "da toon."


I’d imagine a lot of it will come down to how well the place is managed.

Leave piles of dirty nets lying oot - particularly in the summer - and there’s bound to be odour problems. Store them inside with doors shut and a proper regime that cleans up after the trucks that have delivered them and I’d imagine that’d be lessened.

Same with sea pollution if dirty water is washed directly into the sea although I’d very much doubt that’s allowed nooadays.

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Posted 14 April 2019 - 08:22 AM

Might not be allowed (officially), but that's exactly why Toft is selected here. The powerful tides will take it away to deposit residues a long way from the plant, and therefore out of sight. A cynical view perhaps, but that's the way things work.

Any testing of water quality in the area will show nothing and that's perfect for the operator.



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Posted 14 April 2019 - 11:50 AM

There is bound to be a rotten odour, and probably rats and other vermin that are associated with decaying matter. Also the tides are not that strong until you get out past the bight of Toft into the sound itself.

Has anyone also considered the fresh water pipe that leads to Toft is only 4inch and probably would not cope with a factory of this size without affecting the houses in the area that would certainly loose pressure.



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Posted 14 April 2019 - 12:00 PM

 
Where there's muck there's brass !
 

Can we here in Shetland with our limited economy which has to try and support as many workers as possible be "choosy" and bow to the whims of a few objectors. :ponders:

 

While I personally would not care for this development  on my door step,Toft is the ideal site.

 

Why not do the same as was done at Sumburgh Airport many years ago when they widened the runway, and build those affected new homes in the same area but of course that costs money.


Edited by Urabug, 14 April 2019 - 12:01 PM.


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Posted 14 April 2019 - 03:10 PM

So....not on your doorstep eh! Urabug, but ok on ours at Toft. Same attitude as many I suspect, local councillor included.