Whalsa my man, he has already been asked this question.
He says he is in favour because the salmon nets are so huge now they have to be sent south to be cleaned.
NOT TRUE! The company in Scalloway have the biggest net washer in the country and can easily wash all the nets.
He says he is in favour because there will be 15 to 20 jobs created. NOT TRUE! The company in Scalloway only employ 8 on the biggest net washer in the country. There may be 15 to 20 jobs in 5 YEARS TIME, if and when there is further development. The company themselves give the figure as 5 jobs to begin with and possibly 20 in 5 YEARS TIME.
He said it can't go to Sellaness because they are testing the water all the time so not a cat in hell's chance of it being accepted there. Planners tell me that should not have been said. The word now is it can't go there because of tight control of boats in Sullom Voe. Why then was the gut factory even proposed some years ago when there was even more marine traffic? Why are they going to open up Sullom Voe area for more salmon farms? Are there no boats involved here? Doesn't add up really does it?
Our councillor has been pushing for Toft pier improvements for many a long year and nobody is proesting about his success here. It's just a pity the council seemed unable to find money over the years for pier maintenance or we might not be where we are now.
However, our councillor used this net washing plant proposal to try and ensure that money for the pier would be forthcoming. He has been behind this all the way. He told Harry Haylock, (the worst affected householder), he was on his own when Harry got in touch. Harry is likely to lose maybe 50% of the value of his house, maybe more.
Our local councillor has achieved his aim, he has got what he wanted, and the fact is he doesn't give a damn who is sacrificed in the process.