As this article is posted the support for Murd's campaign is currently at 80% in the Gurn's unscientific poll. We suspect that this is how support would pan out in the community at large but as we say our poll is unscientific. In the interests of democracy we publish the opinion of someone that does not support the plan, this individual has a good reason for staying anonymous and we respect that and are willing to publish their views.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Firhall Bridge an 'anti' speaks out
'I have the greatest respect for Murd's effots to improve the ambience of our riverside and access to it for ALL. But if you are questioning why there may not be support for his proposals to make the Firhall Bridge accessible to wheelchair users you just need to look at your blog about council cuts we are facing.
Recently Highland Council got into one hell of a stramash over the cancellation of a school trip because one mum was upset because her disabled daughter could not go on the trip. To my mind that was crass stupidity on the council's part . In my view the mother involved was being totally selfish. Here we have another case where there is a balance to be struck but there is a clear distinction - the cost of investment in a ramp to the bridge potentially at the expense of other services to people with disabilities.
It's easy to have a pop at councillors but we must be fair to them. Murd has demonstrated that a wheelchair can get across the bridge. But you can bet your bottom dollar that any ramp would have to fulfil stringent and no doubt costly building regulations which would all add to a considerable bill to the taxpayer. As a caring society we must do what we can to ensured the disadvantaged in our midst are not unnecessarily disadvantaged. But we have to live within our means. How many people with wheelchairs would use this route? There are many alternative pathways and walks with better surfaces than the riverside path that wheelchair users can enjoy. And you can be sure other services would suffer if thousands were spent on this project. Anon.'
Funding would actually be from sources other than Highand Council anon, it would be money that would go to some other community if Nairn were not to get it. Are we to say no more projects to go on the wish list just because there is no money in the public coffers? If we were to base our criteria on that assumption we would say no by-pass ever for Nairn because there is no money and other services would have to suffer if we were to build it.
If we want to talk about money and Highland Council however, in the debate at Glenuquhart Road yesterday the suggestion was heard that there should be cuts amongst the 881 staff on the council that earn over £40,000 before hitting voluntary organisations.