Islanders and councillors gather for Tunnel Vision event this weekend


Isles representatives, Beatrice Wishart MSP and Alistair Carmichael MP, have issued a further call for islanders to join this weekend’s “Tunnel Vision” event on the potential benefits of fixed links for Shetland. Dozens of people from across Bressay, Unst, Yell, Whalsay and beyond have already signed up to join the event, with many SIC and community councillors also set to join the discussion alongside invited experts on fixed links. The event will be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube from 2pm on Saturday 5th February, with the recordings available after the event.

Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart said:

“We have already had such a great response and many interesting questions and points raised already. We want as many as people as possible to be involved in the conversation so please get in contact and sign up. If you can’t make it on the day but have a question or point to make you can submit by e-mail beforehand.

“This is an opportunity for all of us to think about linking more of our communities together and what benefits and challenges that could bring. All voices should be listened to as we start this conversation.”

Orkney and Shetland MSP, Alistair Carmichael said:

“This event is the start of a vital conversation about the future of our islands. We have an opportunity and an obligation to work together and decide exactly what fixed links can mean for Shetland, and how they can be part of preserving and renewing our islands for decades to come.

“Dozens of people from across the isles have signed up to Tunnel Vision already and many local councillors will be joining the event as well. If you cannot make it to the live event online then there will be recordings available afterwards on YouTube and Facebook as well. We want as broad a discussion as possible, however, and so I would encourage everyone who can to join us live on Saturday.”


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