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#1 Claadehol

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Posted 02 June 2020 - 08:50 PM

The Scottish government overturned the SIC decision not to give another extension to the Sellaness accommodation block. The council quite rightly refused this extension as one had been given previously and the council were concerned about local accommodation providers.

I now read that Total are moving their workforce out of the Moorfield hotel and into this accommodation.

 

This is another slap in the face from this dictatorial Scottish government, and could well spell the end for a relatively new hotel, which like other accommodation providers has problems enough already.



#2 Urabug

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Posted 03 June 2020 - 01:25 PM

Anyone with any gumption could see that the building of Moorfield Hotel and then the provision of the Sellaness accommodation complex in a small place like Shetland would eventually lead to the over provision of hotel type facilities.

 

We all knew that the work at "Sullom Voe" was of a temporary nature and once construction of the gas plant was completed their would be a lot less demand for accommodation.

 

Today's economic circumstances created mainly,but not totally by this Covid19 has just advanced the inevitable.

 

Competition is good,it gives us all a better choice and helps keep prices more realistic,but over provision means there is not enough work to keep everyone in the hospitality business viable.

 

The blame here possibly lies with previous council members who agreed to let those particular businesses to go ahead in the first place, numpties come to mind..


Edited by Urabug, 03 June 2020 - 01:26 PM.


#3 shetlander

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Posted 27 June 2020 - 11:34 PM

I too questioned whether this would be viable in the long-run but I don’t think that’s the job of councillors or the council when they decide to grant planning permission.

However much the owners may have believed – or have been led to believe - that the camp was temporary they took a gamble on the basis that it would and/or that whatever they may have picked up in the way of tourists on top of oil/gas business would have been enough to keep it going. It’s a shame though that between this place and Scalloway we’ve now lost what on the face of it were among the most modern and well-run of wir hotels.

I’d say what really needs to change is the planning system so that impact on existing businesses is something that has to be taken into account when a decision is made. But folk are quick enough to complain when that means their choice is being curtailed (think back to the carry-on about the Tesco extension and Chris Hodge) and you canna have it both ways.

#4 Davie P

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 07:58 AM

For anyone interested, here's an online petition Save our hotels close SELLANESS



#5 Colin

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 09:51 AM

I have lots of sympathy for the local folk who are going to loose their jobs.  Same with the people employed at Scatsta, but as "Shetlander" has pointed out, "nothing is forever".

 

However, if you close the accommodation block at Sellaness instead, local people employed there would also loose their jobs.   Swings and roundabouts ?

 

Truth is that we are now "over capacity" in that sector (in that area) and, as the major client, the Oil/Gas Industry is going to go for whatever is the cheapest option.

 

Either way, I have as much sympathy for BDL as they (BDL) had for existing accommodation providers when they built Moorfield.   



#6 Claadehol

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 11:22 AM

The point here Colin is that this accommodation block was supposed to be here for the gas plant construction only. Despite opposition locally an extension was granted and this has posed problems for many accommodation providers in Shetland.

This further extension was refused quite rightly by the SIC as local hotels and guest houses have been having difficulty and many were closing.

The Scottish government and its "independent" reporter decided to overrule the SIC decision, showing complete and utter disregard for local accommodation businesses. 

The Scottish government and the SNP often touted as far more in touch with the Scottish people and rural communities, are shown here to be no better than the much maligned Westminster variety. The rich and powerful in Edinburgh and the central belt couldn't give a damn for small communities and businesses in Shetland, they are concerned only with the wealth that can be extracted via the oil and fishing industries.

The decision by the SNP's "independent reporter" smells more than a little, and one has to wonder what kind of lubrication has been added to the wheels to get this grossly unfair extension rolled through the planning mire.