If you have always thought that Nairn has had a poor deal from the authorities in recent years in the face of growing Invercentric tendencies then perhaps Alistair’s NICE initiative is the opportunity for you to get involved and do something about it.
Alistair has been part of NICE from the very beginning a couple of years ago when the group was formed to stop what many saw as Highland Council’s “Berlin wall of flats” proposal along the A96 in the town centre. This summer he recently has taken a more assertive role and stepped forward as the public face of that organisation. Now he wants to use the opportunities provided by Holyrood localism and Right to Buy initiatives to begin to redress some of the democratic deficit that has accumulated here in Nairn in recent years.
Alistair is passionate about the future of Nairn and wants to see a healthy prosperous town that has a much greater control of its own destiny. I’m sure many Gurnites would share those sentiments. NICE is hardly out of the starting blocks however and it will need mass subscription to succeed (1400 members), the support of Nairn’s four councillors, the three Community Councils and the institution known as Highland Council. It’s an ambitious programme and will Nairnites rally to Alistair’s flag in great numbers or simply reject the latest proposals? Last night (Wednesday) Alistair took his vision to the West Community Council, next week he goes to River and Suburban and NICE will also present a business plan next month. Full details of these meetings are available here on the NICE website.
Is NICE for you? Perhaps this video of Alistair’s presentation might be informative. You may have to turn the sound on your PC up a little, Alistair has a quiet voice (even with a microphone) and because the window in the upstairs room at the Community Centre was open he also had to compete with passing traffic.