Nothing out of NICE for sometime now, both the NICE plan and the Highland Council's ambitions for the town centre remain available for view on the website. Will anything ever happen or do we just have two versions of a dream that will never come into being?
Meanwhile all the empty buildings along the A96 continue to decay. Perhaps there are stirrings behind the scenes or maybe once again we will have to wait for the promise of development cash to come in from housing on the Sandown Lands before there is any movement at all? There's also an ongoing development brief in the pipeline for Sandown:
"Work on the Development Brief will progress over the course of Summer 2011, with regular reports being given to the local members and community groups through the Ward Forum meetings. A draft brief will be prepared for the Planning, Environment and Development Committee meeting later in the autumn. This will then be followed by further public and stakeholder consultation with adoption of the Development Brief as Supplementary Guidance taking place before the end of 2011."
The Council promises to get everyone's views on board too:
"We will organise venue bookings and base information, including maps, and will place adverts in the local newspapers, contact local groups and try to engage with people through our blog and social networking sites to reach the widest audience possible."
Coming soon a "Charette" for Sandown then. Full Highland Council document here. Full steam ahead by the end of the autumn for Sandown and cash coming in to sort the town centre and pay the community centre debt soon after that?