I was sad day to here scasta Airport to close. It was good for oil Industry and jobs in area north mainland, area solution for that if put on market min charge for operator of Airport without financial support from Local government. a lot British airport were sold small price conditions keep them open under private operators Shetland requires two airports By laws rules aviation must be second airfield in Shetland and why not scasta for passenger freights
This would once again open tourism as people can fly in areas directly and hotels be back working not closing, Sic do not need be afraid have operator competitor to sum burgh Airport as North Link-Cal mac are two state companies but compete on operations, So Local Administration do same
Local community Can take this airport at min charge get operator start keep it running this can be done 1-pound cost by a communities buy out, association can be formed and rent out to operator who will operate in completion sum burgh, plenty Aviation people support this project This been done all over UK on large airports so I recommend people north mainland look into this option To save scasta historical airport save its future get jobs back North Mainland
Need to find some way to funnel the retirees who come to to islands escape the city into the areas with fewer jobs to keep them from competing for housing against those who are still working and trying to make ends meet, Plenty of amenities but you need to find a way to attract.
Should try and get some retirement properties built in places where the local businesses are in danger of having too few customers.
they could be made to order in some scenarios depending on what design is used.
Plenty of Amenities in Brae but here is the thing, it takes time to get there from the first ports of call and most tourists are going to be around for a week or 2 in any destination really, and ask how many people in the UK have even heard of it among those who can maybe name 1 or 2 places in Shetland.
Retirees are White Flighting out of thousands of cities and that's only going to accelerate after lifting of the lockdown.
When house prices balloon up again they are going to start selling their house in the city for half a million and start making offers again.
this happens allover the uk and is a disaster for those from "desirable" areas looking to move out of their parents house, get a larger house for kids, incoming workers and businesses who can now only get workers who live further and further away reducing talent-pool getting a mortgage is hard enough but they cant compete with cash.
Another thing to consider is better transport from the ferry terminal straight over and advertising thereof,
Why would/should toursists spend time in the North Mainland rather than the South and Lerwick because thats the idea you need to pitch