Public bodies are BANNED from showing Shetland Isles in a box on maps after complaints from locals

Mail Online | 10/5/2018 | James Wood For Mailonline
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Maps will no longer be able to show Shetland in a box after a new law outlawed the practice, forcing cartographers to include an extra 125 miles of empty sea.

The move, which has been dubbed 'boxit' by some, comes after years of campaigning from islanders who were 'irritated' by the box.

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Tavish Scott, the islands' MSP, has hailed the introduction of the new law, saying there is 'no excuse' now to put Shetland in a box.

The new law was made possible through the Islands Bill, which was unanimously approved by MSPs in May.

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In only certain circumstances will a box around Shetland be permitted.

Not everyone has taken kindly to the new law, however. It has caused quite a stir on Twitter, with some mocking it.

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One user, called Joseph Moed, said: 'Shetland will not be boxed in any longer. They have officially exited the box. Boxit is upon us.'

The remote islands have been placed in boxes for hundreds of years, but locals were irritated by this 'convenient' solution.

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The islands are actually much further away from mainland Scotland than they appear on maps.

Islanders instead want a geographically accurate representation - which give justice to the 125 mile distance between mainland Scotland and the islands.

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But mapmakers claim boxes help 'avoid publishing maps which are mostly at sea', the BBC reports.

The Islands Bill was welcomed by the islands' MSP, Tavish Scott.

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He told the Shetland Times: 'There is no excuse now for the Scottish government, its agencies or others to put Shetland in a box. The box is closed.

'It doesn't exist, whether that be in the Moray Firth or east of Orkney. Shetland is now in the right place. It is ridiculous that I had to change the...
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