We’ve masses of interesting material here at Gurn HQ to go through yet from the two Community Council meetings last week and also from what was said in the chamber at Glenurquhart Road on Thursday – The webcast is now up so readers can entertain themselves there if they wish (scroll down on the right hand side to item 19 at 4.43 once you get there). Now bits and pieces that Gurnites will find interesting, if not in an ongoing sense (and it still may be according to one Gurn sources), then mabye now in an historical sense.
Here’s what Laurie said: “I for one would like some sort of separate, as a trustee, not as a councillor - as a trustee I would like to see separate legal advice as trustees, completely independent from the Council’s and just see what a QC would have to say about the situation. Because we are in this situation where our legal advisors are sitting with two hats and my view its not compatible.”
Interesting view from Laurie. In the post below we have Michael’s take on the vote and the support of the
Indies for option 5. Further
information about who voted which way emerged in a comment to the Gurn from Liz
tonight. Most of the SNP group voted for option 5 and four of them abstained.
Liz said: “so they didn't vote against us, but weren't comfortable enough to vote against officer recommendation, this
was partially because they didn't have enough information in the report. It was
easy for the indies to vote against the administration they are after all in
opposition, 2 independents voted against Nairn Common Good. One was an
independent nationalist Donnie Kerr the other was Andrew Baxter from Lochaber.”
Liz also tweeted the following tonight.
the indies held the balance of power on Nairn Common Good vote, but if it wasn't for the SNP it'd have been lost. Indies had nothing to lose
— Provost Liz McDonald (@Liz_Nairn) June 28, 2013
The Gurn understands that Labour members voted against too along with all the Lib Dems. Colin Commented on his facebookpage earlier today: “Have just realised that not a single Liberal Democrat Councillor on the Highland Council was persuaded yesterday to help Nairn's Common Good. A Party with a proud history (well the Lib part) that has sadly lost its principles.”
As to whether the Sandown matter has gone away, that is debatable and only time will tell. One Gurn advisor with a great deal of information on Sandown stated just after the vote yesterday: “As for the result, in effect it was another bodge - an undistinguished compromise deal, cobbled together in an attempt to avoid an even worse outcome (the whole of the £734k being charged to Nairn's CG). Nairn is however £344k the poorer tonight, which is not a reason to celebrate. And by grabbing a share of the land, the Council is indeed now sucked even more deeply in the mire of Sandown. They have made another rod for their own back. “