This observer was in conversation with a regular reader last night. Someone who has been paying close attention to the recent correspondence that West Community Council have put into the public domain. His suggestion is that it is now the time to up the ante to get through what he terms the “treacle” that those civil servants that fashion the responses for the politicians are laying down with their recent communications. His reasoning being that we have to have a campaign that catches the attention of Holyrood far more than regular correspondence with Civil Servants does. This thesis doesn’t take away anything, of course, from the work that West CC have been doing with their excellent correspondence: if nothing else, they are helping to inform the public of where we are and the minutiae of what Holyrood (via the Civil Servants) are saying, that in itself educates and leaves the community under no illusions of the task in hand.
Here we have suggested in the recent past that we should have a DIY bypass day where we all turn up on a section of the route, after seeking the relevant landowner’s permission, and get to work with our spades, barrows and even JCBs if someone could bring one or two along. Shades of a “Calum’s Road” effort if you like. Perhaps some Gurnites might agree or think that a bit OTT but does anyone else have any ideas that might liven up a bypass campaign?
Our Correspondent suggests the idea of making the bypass the top issue for all forthcoming elections, the next, depending on Westminster events, being the Euros. He detailed how you could have a league table (points out of ten and gold stars etc) for the party that had done most to help the campaign for a bypass and indicating that perhaps they should get the public vote in Nairn. The community could persistently ask all the politicians on the doorsteps and in the press what they are doing to ensure that Nairn gets a bypass sooner rather than later. There could also be a regular bypass campaigner of the month award for the citizen or politician who had done the most on bypass affairs.
Any thoughts out there Gurnshire? Is this the sort of direction we should go in as a community?