One of our readers has been reading a page on the Lochaber News website and is in a foul, gurny mood. Our correspondent tells us:
"£540,000 to refurbish Fort William's town centre (Cameron Square)! Funny how Highland Council can produce over half a million of public money for that, while their only proposal so far for the regeneration of Nairn's town centre is to do some demolition then put up the site for sale (and/or sit on their hands while they see whether NICE can come up with a plan and a large pot of money)." Lochaber News article here.
Our regular reader also stated: "Interesting that Ft William is also finding £5,000 of Council money to tart up their high street shop frontages, and £4,500 for floral displays. Meanwhile in Nairn the only money for high street redecoration comes from Sainsburys, while the budget for local floral-displays has been cut and there seems to be an expectation for volunteers to become involved."
The article indicates that the floral desplays and the shop frontage work will come from the local discretionary fund and the 540K from Scottish Government funds for shovel ready projects, but one still cannot help but wonder if we have missed the boat here in Nairn for cash that might have helped NICE realise the Social Work building project and one or two other things in the town centre.