The words in the title of this post are the concluding words of Councillor Leslie Boulton of River CC as the vote had been taken in the Communty Centre music room last night and treasurer Iain Gordon walked across the room to give a cheque for £100 to NICE steering group member Brian Stewart (at the meeting as an observer).
River CC fell into line with the town's other two community councils last night and gave NICE £100 towards the nascent organisation's operating costs so far.
It didn't happen without some debate however with Chair Jeanne Tolmie opposing the move . She had been 'taken aback' to be asked for the money in the middle of the Post Office. Tommy Hogg didn't object to the £100 but wanted to know why the Association of Nairn Businesses and the Visit Nairn tourism association were not contributing anything especially when the Business people had received £15,000 off the Streetscape to promote the town (some of that seems to be going on a Moray Firth Radio ad). After some considerable debate the issue went to the vote with only Mike Henderson backing Jeanne.
This observer images the £300 now in the NICE kitty will not go very far once the advertisement in the Nairnshire is paid and the cost of halls etc. If anyone feeling strongly about the Town Centre is also in a generous mood this morning then I'm sure the NICE people will be happy to hear from you, alternatively you could give them a donation at the public meeting on the thirteenth.