This weeks Nairnshire (Nov 29th) makes use of the debates at the recent meeting of the new Nairn West Community Council. This observer was wondering what might be a good snappy quick nickname to use for them? Westifarians? Westenders? Westlifers? Westies? Rosemary’s People? Do Gurnites have any other suggestions?
So the front page of the Nairnshire contains comments from Graham Kerr and this new community council is straight into some of the major issues that affect motorists and pedestrians in the town centre and particularly along the A96. Nice work Graham, keep going and let’s get a few issues resolved here. This observer looks forward to more campaigns à la Regal. Thanks expressed too to Graham Vine, who is widely credited with restarting the moribund council but when it came to the crunch he was rejected at the ballot box in his bid for a second term of office. Will the West’s Churchillian figure resign himself to the wilderness or will he still play a role in local politics? It seems he may still linger around as he had strong words for River CC on their objection to the extension of a covered area at the Braeval. The Nairnshire reports that West are also, unlike River, still opposed to the bus station plan. Is it time for a United Nations peace keeping team to mediate between the two councils before these border incidents get out of hand? The last thing we need in Nairn would be a planning Class War on the traditional them and us demarcation lines.
Good too to see the Westifarians demanding action on doggie jobbies. Brian Stewart is subscribing to the school of thought, also supported by the Gurn, that the canine turds become more evident as the dark nights draw in. The cover of darkness hiding some individuals' lack of social responsibility.
Yes lots of good stuff in this week’s Nairnshire and the special pre-Christmas treat of a biting editorial attacking the Nairnshire Partnership “reinvention”. Iain Bain puts the boot in one more time. “We need something in Nairn to replace the structures of local government lost in “reform” but it isn’t the present Nairn Partnership.” What could we have instead Gurnites? How about a single Royal Burgh of Nairn Community Council? That would be NICE for Christmas wouldn’t it?