The Press and Journal reports on the Save Nairn Swimming Pool campaign this morning. Fiona Cameron and her friend Cate Fraser are pictured on page 4 of the paper. Iain Ramage reports:
'Eleven-year-old's petition swamped with messages backing Nairn attraction
An 11-year-old girl's plea to save her local swimming pool from swingeing Highland Council cuts has gathered a giant wave of support.
Hundreds of people have expressed fury at the prospect that the holiday resort of Nairn may lose its treasured indoor pool, registering their protest on Millbank Primary pupil Fiona Cameron's Facebook page on the internet or by signing a petition at shops and pubs in the town.
Fiona, a primary seven pupil who learned to swim at her local pool and is a member of Nairn swimming Club broadcast her opposition on Facebook last Saturday, telling the world: "Highland Council say they are going to close Nairn Baths, so I say no. Please help me stop this happening or Nairn may never have a pool again.'
By yesterday afternoon her plea had prompted more than 650 messages of support.' This morning Fiona's initiative now has 860 supporters - well done Fiona! The Press and Journal article isn't on-line yet, we'll link to it as soon as it appears.
Interestingly Sandy Park is quoted: 'I will be looking at all ways to save Nairn Swimming Pool, be we have to look at the business plan and see if we can be more efficient with the Pool.'
The campaign seems to be going well but it is obvious that there is a lot more work to do yet, the statement by Sandy Park confirms that this is a case of 'saving the pool' and if we look to the Nairnshire Telegraph this week perhaps the first paragraph of Iain Bain's editorial gives a sobering summary of the situation:
'Imagine a Nairn without a swimming pool, library or museum. A quite impoverished place you might think, and you would be right. You might also consider that such a proposal belongs in the realms of fiction. And so it should be. But that is exactly the scenario that Highland Council is inviting you to contemplate.'