Time for one community council in Nairn?
The Gurn is pushing harder on the issue of a single Nairn community council, and has launched a new blog to focus on the issue and develop the arguments: Time for a single community council for Nairn!.
Graisg makes an attempt to be fair by providing an “against” argument, but I’m not convinced there is one – simply put, at present, Nairn is divided and conquered in the face of being treated as nothing more than a suburb of Inverness by planners and developers.
Oh, I’m sure any single council will bring with it it’s own social politics, criticisms, and challenges – one of the main suggested objections – but having three community councils just means that criticism can be levelled three times instead of once.
This seems especially highlighted in this week’s Nairnshire Telegraph, which covers a recent farce at a River Community Council meeting – in which it was advertised as a public meeting, and agreed that the public could speak – but only if their name was Liz MacDonald! Or so the Nairnshire reported.
Graisg from the Gurn is reported to have walked out of the session in protest, though I didn’t immediately notice mention of his blog.
With the A96 corridor masterplan on our doorstep, Nairn is set for big and irrevocable changes, but has a fragmented voice. Nairn needs a single community council voice to represent us, not least to deal with the various technical issues delegated for them to address.
It would also mean a single transparent democratic process all Nairn residents can then appeal to – the current three council situation is confusing, and I would be genuinely surprised if many people in Nairn are aware of which one is supposed to represent them in the first place!