'Dairy buyout was only option,' is the banner headline in the weekly paper and the Nairnshire provides us with the most succint account of the events at the Creamery to be found in any newspaper to date. The editorial deals with the subject too and hints at the difficulties the buy-out team will face in the competitive environment that is the Dairy industry today. Hopefully local stores will provide us with more opportunities in the future to buy the local creamery product and thus support the remaining local workers. The front page also carries a picture depicting the start of Millbank Primary school's centenary year celebrations.
There are four pages of sports reports from 2009, amazing how much sport there is in Nairn and a chance for many participants of the various clubs, leagues and societies to reflect upon the events of 2009 this week. It's a big 'letter to the Nairnshire week' with another plea to keep the Dava windmill free. A thoughtful letter from Rosemary Young replying to Greg Riddle's recent letter attacking those that hold back development in the town. Rosemary urges Mr Riddle and others to get involved with the community councils and have their say this way. There will be many in Nairn, the great majority the Gurn thinks, who will agree with Rosemary when she says:
'Not all development is objectional. The crucial point is to have the right kind of development. Proposals have to improve the quality of life and deliver economic growth which is permanent and sustainable.'
Councillor Graham Marsden writes in reflecting on the recent weather and the effect on the Fishertown. He seems to be calling for a rethink of council policy that sees the Fishertown graded as priority 4 for salting (which in effect means sometime perhaps?). He suspects that 'part of the winter maintenance savings may be illusory' given the cost to the NHS etc. The trouble for Graham is that he is part of an administration that has cut the budget for roads maintenance and there will probably be much, much more to come. Graham is a councillor that cares about the community but the tragic fact his that he and the other three Nairn councillors are victims of economic restraints beyond their control and there is less and less that they can effectively do to protect their community. His letter nonetheless is very though provoking. The final letter is from Harry Garland who asks searching questions about gritting policy and wants to know which councillors voted for the cuts in the budget.
The Nairnshire, ladies and gentlemen, the usual compulsive must have read of the week!