News round up
Well, the snow has finally gone – it’s been a week actually – after we spent most of December living in a white landscape. Truth be told, everything had been white for so long, it was a bit strange to see green again.
The good news for us is that normal utility services continued with no reports of significant disruption – in stark contrast to Northern Ireland who suffered a week of major water supply problems due to the big freeze and thaw affecting water pipes.
The BBC meanwhile also posted some depressing facts and figures regarding casualties on the A9 for 2010 – specifically the stretch between Perth and Inverness. For that year alone, that section of road has seen 14 deaths and 26 injuries.
Sadly, and closer to home, on Christmas Eve the BBC also reported on Nairn couple Roy and Sandra Johnson being killed in a road accident at Croy.
Coming to the New Year, and Elizabeth Bow from Nairn made it to the New Year Honours list for her community work, so congratulations to her.
In the meantime, the nearby furore in Moray over the ambulance technician who chose not to respond to what turned out to be a fatal heart attack during his tea break appears to have ended with him retaining his job.
While it is obviously tragic that anyone died, and probable that it should not have been allowed to have happened, my feeling is that it’s more symptomatic of management failings, and that blaming ground staff would be wrong.
We’ve already seen concerns raised earlier in the year about limited emergency service coverage around Inverness and Nairn and it would be surprising if Moray were not subject to similar concerns.
Back to planning matters, and the APT reports that the Highland Council has indeed allowed Deveron to “rescind without penalty” the land at Sandown. Perhaps there’s a business argument that there should have been a basic penalty, not least to cover interest owed to the Nairn Common Good Fund. Then again, perhaps the sooner we can move away from that fiasco, the better.
Speaking of fiasco’s, the APT also reports that Asda is now challenging expansion plans for East Inverness, and provides a wealth of linked to documents on related planning issues.