Two residents from the new Lochloy schemes were at the Nairn River Community Council meeting earlier this week. They reported that the quarry was now in the ownership of the Highland Council but that the Council had up to now taken no action to maintain the paths or deal with the Health and Safety issue of dead elms (the victims of Dutch Elm Disease). The residents are not looking for the area to be made up to public park standard, they would just like to see some of the vegetation surrounding the paths cut back and a little effort to remove weeds from the path. This observer visited the area today and agrees with the points made by the residents. A little action now would prevent the paths created by the developer returning to nature and this amenity being severely diminished. There is a precedent for the Council taking action to remove dead and dangerous elms - witness all the activity along the riverside in recent years.