There was a bit of controversy during the meeting about lack the publicity for the Charrette but Sandy, Jim McKinnon the Scottish Government's chief planner and Tim Stott of Highland Council all said they wanted as many people to attend as possible and asked folk to put the word out:
"You're all invited to become an urban planner for a week," said Mr Stott.
"Climb aboard my old charrette" says the Nairnshire editorial tonight with a critical analysis of the charrette process. A must read editorial for anyone with 45p spare in their pocket this week. Well the participants at the top table tonight professed the view that it is all down to us the punters. Why not pop down to the Courthouse and see for yourselves over the next few days. Is the charrette process of any use? This observer came away impressed by Jim McKinnon he certainly felt like a breath of fresh air after all the years of disappointment and heartache that the Sandown planning process has brought to the community.
Why not decide for yourself as the process builds up to the concluding meeting on Thursday evening. See the schedule here. Every wanted to be an urban planner? See previous article for pictures of the opening meeting of the charrette.