Friday, March 09, 2012

Common Good - Peace in our time?

SNP candidate Colin MacAulay writes on his facebook page:

"Nairn Common Good - Nairn Common Sense! Really pleased that peace has broken out :)Cooperation and collaboration for the good of Nairnshire has to be the right way ahead. With 4 Highland Councillors working closely with our local Community Councils - We can - and we will - do better!"

There was a meeting on Monday night in the Courthouse between the 4 ward councillors and the usual suspects. The public were excluded from that meeting. However post match comments from the chairs of the three Community Councils have now been published:

"Tommy Hogg, Chairman, Nairn River Community Council said: “We have no real issues with the Council’s management of Nairn Common Good Fund and will be happy to engage with the future meeting proposed by Councillor Park. The three Nairn Community Councils need to start singing from the same hymn sheet.”
Brian Stewart, Member, Nairn West Community Council said: "We were pleased that a meeting was arranged to talk about this complex subject. The discussion helped to underline the importance of the Common Good to Nairn. We have had concerns about some aspects of Common Good administration. But following the very detailed official briefing, we are now much clearer about the Council's position, and we feel it is right to look to the future. We welcome the proposed arrangements for regular meetings, and look forward to participating fully and constructively in them."
Dick Youngson, Chairman of Nairn Suburban Community Council said: “Some questions remain for some of our Members but we are satisfied with the Council’s position and now wish to move forward along the lines suggested by Elected Members.” "

Oor Sandy seems to have smoothed the waters with a concession: "In looking to the future, Councillor Sandy Park, Convener of The Highland Council, said he and his councillor colleagues in Nairn believed a positive way forward would be for the four new Members elected in May to meet with a representative from each of the three Nairn Community Councils on a regular basis. He stated this would help to both better inform communities about the management of the Common Good and councillors about the views of people in Nairn." " More on the Highland Council site.

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