Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Beatrice Wishart has today called on candidates standing to represent Shetland, both at a constituency and regional level, to sign a petition that aims to halt the current plans to centralise air traffic control away from Sumburgh.
The petition, which was launched three weeks ago, has gathered well over 1000 signatures from islanders who are against the move. This week air traffic control staff announced they are to take industrial action over the plans which, HIAL’s own impact assessment report, brings no benefit to Shetland.
Commenting Ms Wishart said:
“Last week I asked the First Minister about the project and she failed to recognise that modernisation of air traffic control does not start with stripping jobs away from communities like Shetland.
“Momentum is growing. Over 1,000 people have signed my petition, the council has called for the project to be paused and the Prospect union just this week has announced further industrial action. Centralising air traffic control away from Shetland is clearly the wrong modernisation solution.
“Sometimes politics creates issues where the conclusion is to agree to disagree. In this case, however, I hope that any representative of Shetland would see that there is no benefit to these plans going ahead and they should be paused and reconsidered. I hope anyone wanting to represent Shetland recognises this and will sign this petition against the plans.”