NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Bid to boost Fair Isle population launched

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Media captionA campaign to boost the population of Fair Isle gets under way

A major drive to boost the population of Fair Isle, off Shetland, is being launched.

The population dropped to just 55 last year so a development plan has been prepared in an effort to swell numbers by about a fifth.

It is mostly owned by the National Trust for Scotland, which interviews anyone wanting to move there.

Research into a solution has been funded by Shetland Islands Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

'Securing Fair Isle's Future - A plan for Action' outlines how it is hoped to attract about 10 new people to the island in the next three to five years.

House-building, improving the ferry service and upgrading broadband will all be included.

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