If the SNP win the elections to Highland Council on May 3rd and form the administration they are promising to restore the area committees across the
"The Manifesto pledge would mean that, as soon as possible, all Councillors elected in May, will serve on Area Committees throughout the
This observer comes away disappointed with that, Nairnshire will be lumped in with Badenoch and Strathspey. No doubt Badenoch and Strathspey would like to be left on their own too. But it has to be seen as a step forward in terms of planning decisions etc. Could this be an ideal opportunity to go much further should this vision come true in the spring? A restored area committee could easily have the chairs of all of Nairnshire's Community Councils sitting with them to help prioritise what needed doing in the
The SNP also take a swipe at the current administration and to this observer that administration deserves it. One wonders especially, how the Liberal Democrats, who are supposed to be all about decentralisation, have allowed so much power to drip away to Inverness? They have to shoulder the greater part of the blame as they effectively pull the strings in
"The SNP Group believe our commitment to more effective, local democracy will make a huge difference to the energy and enthusiasm of the whole of the
He added. “The current Independent/Lib Dem/Labour Administration has slept through the calls for decision-making to be brought home to communities and has allowed it to be taken away from public scrutiny. There is rarely any good reason for the workings of the Council to be kept from the public, support for change is strong and an SNP Administration will bring democracy and decision-making much closer to your home.” "
This policy has gone done well with the Inverness Courier: "Nationalists promise to bring power back to the city'," says a headline on the frontpage this morning. Inside the paper's editorial makes favourable noises too, beginning:
So we are promised an area committee comprising Nairn, Badenoch and Stratheyspey – a step forward and more than anyone else is offering but to be fair we await the individual manifestos of the rest of the candidates for our area.