Press release 18/11/08

Sustainable Shetland

Sustainable Shetland launches petition

Campaign group Sustainable Shetland will today launch a petition opposing

Viking Energy’s giant wind farm in central Shetland.

The launch will take place outside Lerwick town hall at 3:15 pm, Tuesday 18 November, and feature dramatic posters showing the scale of the proposed turbines.

The petition calls on Shetland councillors to listen to what the Shetland community is saying, and oppose the wind farm scheme.

Speaking on behalf of Sustainable Shetland, Vice Chairperson Kevin Learmonth said the petition was a first step in “showing the Shetland community’s opposition to this project”.

The petition is addressed to Shetland councillors and reads:


- We the undersigned oppose plans for the Viking Energy wind farm development.

- We support renewable energy projects in Shetland, which are fit for scale and fit for purpose.

- We call upon local councillors not to support any large-scale wind farm planning application.

Mr Learmonth continued:

“Using Shetland money, Viking Energy has been lobbying Scottish and UK governments to back their project, presenting the project as community controlled and supported. This simply isn’t true, in fact the community is denied access to the very partnership agreement signed in their name.”

“Far from being an ‘investigation’ as initially claimed, recent Viking Energy statements make it very clear that the project will pay scant regard to local opinion and will press for full planning consent come what may”.

“Viking Energy chair Cllr Bill Manson promised that if the Shetland people did not want the Viking Energy development then it would not go ahead, these claims are odds with their determination to push for planning consent. This petition will give the Shetland population a well deserved voice in opposing the Viking development.”

In the past Sustainable Shetland has described the Viking Energy project as “financially risky and environmentally damaging”

The group, formed in February of this year, has been a fierce critic of plans of Viking Energy’s plans to build a 154 turbine wind farm in the central mainland of Shetland. To date the group has held three large meetings attracting over 80 people to each meeting, and now has in excess of 380 members throughout Shetland, a figure which is growing steadily.
Petitions will be available in local shops and through a Shetland wide network of petition co-ordinators – details from Joy Tait 01595 809789 or online at

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For more information contact:

Kevin Learmonth

Sustainable Shetland

email contact

Tel. 01595 880503