Transition Shetland is a loose knit group on the islands who are interested in the Peak Oil & Climate Change. Our aims are:
To raise awareness within Shetland of the challenges of peak oil, resource depletion and climate change and the consequent need for change;
To work with others in Shetland and beyond to develop a low carbon, sustainable and resilient future for the islands;
To support people and organisations in their efforts to prepare for such a future.
It is with great sadness that Transition Shetland has decided to abandon its plans to take over the Tingwall glasshouse and convert it into a centre for community growing, education and therapy.
The environment action group has invested more than two years in a last ditch attempt to rescue the 2,500 square metre building. The group raised £20,000 from the Big Lottery Fund and LEADER - as well as investing member’s personal funds - for a feasibility study that demonstrated there was a viable long term future for the building in community ownership. The study showed widespread support, with many people expressing an interest in renting plots. A public meeting in March attracted 35 people to discuss the plan.
However this support has not resulted in sufficient new interest to overcome the hurdles facing the project. The main barrier is the difference in the valuation of the property and the price being asked for by its owner, which could only be overcome by a strong group of like-minded enthusiasts. Without that level of support coming forward, Transition Shetland has decided to abandon the project and concentrate on other things.
Chairman Pete Bevington said:
The final feasibility study and business plan for a community growing enterprise in the Tingwall Glasshouse, Shetland Islands:
Scalloway consultants AB Associates are carrying out a survey to gauge community interest in turning The Tingwall Glasshouse into a community growing centre.
This short questionnaire will help them find out what folk would like to see happen at The Tingwall Glasshouse.
Anyone who is interested in seeing The Tingwall Glasshouse brought back to life as a community growing centre is urged to fill out this questionnaire.
We are especially interested in hearing from anyone who is interested in getting involved in this exciting project.
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Transition Shetland’s constituted aims are to raise awareness within Shetland of the challenges of peak oil, resource depletion and climate change and the consequent need for change by working with others in Shetland and beyond to develop a low carbon, sustainable and resilient future for the islands and to support people and organisations in their efforts to prepare for such a future.
To this end Transition Shetland (TS) was made aware that Tingwall & Girlsta Development Association has had an interest in the redundant glasshouse in Tingwall that has lain idle for some years and should, if at all possible, be put back into use for growing food. The prime interest is the use of the building by the community for growing on a domestic scale, and could help produce food to satisfy local demand for growing space. TS is interested in the proposal as it has the potential to increase awareness in growing food locally, thereby substantially reducing the reliance on food imported from UK mainland and beyond. Therefore TS wishes to examine the feasibility of establishing a community growing area and determining its ultimate sustainability and contribution to the development of the island economy within its objectives.
Transition Shetland is a community group concerned with imagining and planning for these islands’ future, particularly in the light of Peak Oil, climate change and other environmental concerns. As such, the ‘scenario planning’ process is of considerable interest to us, and we are grateful for the opportunity to respond.
It is right, of course, for Shetland Islands Council to engage in such a project, and this seems a particularly pertinent time for it to take place. It is to be hoped that this kind of planning and forward thinking will mark an end to the seemingly directionless policy-making that has characterised the council’s activities over recent years.
However, while we as a group welcome the publication of these four scenarios, as well as the attempt to involve and engage the public in their content, we also consider them to be flawed in a number of important ways. These are outlined below.
We believe the scenarios have been shaped by certain assumptions that ought not to be taken for granted. We have tried to highlight some of these assumptions here. In addition, we have picked out a number of specific points for praise and other points for criticism.