The Highland League.net website has a report on the proposed major development on Common Good land in Forres. If the development went ahead it would mean yet another new stadium for the Can-Cans, a prospect that prompted of the Nairn twitterati to suggest that Forres Mechanics move closer to Elgin with each new stadium. Here's a section from the article:
" Although principal agreement has been reached with the club, the fact Mosset Park is built on common good land means that a public consultation held by Moray Council must vote in favour of the proposal, regardless of whether planning permission is obtained. Redco's last proposal - which didn't include the stadium rebuild plan - fell at this stage of the process, and Mechanics chairman Dr James Anderson was keen to emphasise that it will be the fans who make the ultimate call on the club's future."
The Forres Gazette has a report on the development here and states: "Mechanics chairman Dr James Anderson said that the club was "taking a neutral stance" with regards to the retail development, and would be guided by what the people of Forres want, bearing in mind that they previously voted no to selling common good land for development."
Now wouldn't it have saved a lot of trouble if we had been consulted in Nairn about the Deveron Homes development with ballot papers delivered to each door? Perhaps that could be done the next time anything is planned for Sandown or any of the other Common Good areas in the town?