Have Scots reverted to the car or will we continue to cycle and walk in greater numbers than before Covid ?
Why is Scotland so lacking in ambition that nearly a quarter of the way into the 21stC, ferry is still the only way for most islanders, mainlanders and freight to get to and from our islands ?
The vessel was bought with Orkney Islands Council paying out €364,811.00 (approx. £318,028) and the Scottish Government adding in the more substantial funding of £750,000.00.
The Pentalina in Kirkwall harbour.
There has been a mixed response across the political spectrum to Kate Forbes’ Budget for Scotland.
“The passing of the budget means £82.7 million is coming the way of Orkney Islands Council, an additional £4.5 million on last year’s spending – an increase of 5.7%. The plans will provide the council with an increase in day-to-day revenue spending.”
James Stockan, Leader of Orkney Islands Council, has voiced his frustration at digital connectivity in the islands and has criticised the Scottish Government on what he says will be delays to deliver the programme in 2021.
The Draft Scottish Budget presented by Kate Forbes, Finance Secretary in the Scottish Government has taken on board the issues of ferry fares in and to/from Orkney.
“A modern fleet of catamarans powered by renewable energy would enhance our reputation on the world stage.”
Whenever we discuss the climate emergency it is important to keep to the fore the values of a Just Transition which should underpin all the decisions being made – at every level – governmental, organisational and individual.