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Fishing – blog #2

Fishing – blog #2

In these final few days, I’m trying to spend as much time as possible out and about, but I wanted to briefly expand on my previous fishing blog in response to some questions raised locally. Let me start by acknowledging the obvious: the SNP supports re-entry to the...

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Crofting and farming

Crofting and farming

Crofting and farming are central to the Shetland economy and the Shetland way of life.  For many folk, agriculture is their main source of income.  For many more (including my own family), tending a small croft and helping your neighbours out with theirs is part of...

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An Energy Trust for Shetland

An Energy Trust for Shetland

I’ve been working in the energy industry since I got my first job in offshore renewables in 2007, so I think about energy issues, prices and availability a lot. I also think a good deal about fuel poverty. Fuel poverty can be mentioned a bit glibly sometimes, but the...

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Growing Shetland’s population

Growing Shetland’s population

At a time of climate crisis, it might sound strange to set population growth as a goal, but in Shetland and the communities within Shetland, the benefits would be significant. A larger population can support a higher level of public services: it’s harder to provide...

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The SNP Manifesto

The SNP Manifesto

The SNP’s manifesto was released at the end of last week and is available to read here: https://www.snp.org/manifesto/ It is a bold response to the greatest crisis our generation has faced and it promises to change many lives for the better. It is also packed full of...

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Meet your Candidate events

Meet your Candidate events

Just a quick note to say that I'll be holding online "Meet your Candidate" events on the dates shown. To register, just send me an email to tom@tomwills4shetland.org - or ring/message my mobile on 07471212361.

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Local control of local waters

Local control of local waters

Ask any Shetlander and they will tell you how important the sea is to our way of life. From the pelagic boats of Whalsay to the mussel lines in Voe, or the salmon farms operating out of Scalloway to our growing inshore fishing fleet, the sea shapes our community. By...

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Housing

Housing

Why is housing so important to communities like Shetland? Well, our population is ageing and set to decline. If we want to keep and improve the high-quality public services and infrastructure that we’ve grown used to, then we need to grow our economy and our...

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More powers for our communities

More powers for our communities

I believe there are strong arguments for putting more powers into our communities and for me, that means empowering Shetland’s community councils as well as Shetland Islands Council (SIC). As the attached graph shows, the UK and Scotland have abnormally large council...

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Fixed Links

Fixed Links

This picture shows my view when I’m working up in Bluemull Sound: it’s less than a mile from the Ness of Cullivoe to the shore of Unst on the other side and I’ve often stood there thinking what the view would be like if Yell and Unst were already linked. If I’m...

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