Iain Bain has a double-barrelled editorial this week and contemplates "Access Rights" and the "The Mission". He talks of the 2003 Land Reform Act and landowners sharpening up their act since then he tells an interesting anecdote. Iain delves into the history of the Kingsteps car-park and how the brown tourist signs to the car-park were covered up. He talks of the cretinous behaviour that residents have suffered and then says:
"A right of access is certainly not a right to abuse or disrespect legitimate land uses. But it is pretty clear that here is a right of access does exist, for better or worse. The car-park belongs to the people of Nairn through the Common Good Fund and the local authority has spent public money on improving the access road. It needs to be protected, even if there is an alternative way into the Culbin via the beach."
Iain also goes into the troubled waters of the Challenger Bus appearing at Nairn schools. To the editor of our weekly paper it is important that bairns are taught about our society's Christian heritage. He wonders how far local authorities should go in "influencing faith" however and suggests:
"The education authority has been found wanting here and its rapid reaction to protest speaks volumes. It has a duty to instruct children about religion but should it have handed that instruction over to an outside body? That is the question and it looks like insufficient control was exercised in this regard."
This week's Nairnshire Telegraph editorial, worth a browse if you haven't done so already.