The anger and the sense of injustice felt in Nairnshire over last week's South Nairn planning decision is reflected in a letter signed by all six Nairnshire Community Councils and addressed to the Chief Executive of Highland Council Steve Barron. The Gurn has received a copy of the letter, here is the text from the body of the letter below. We hope to put a copy of the letter and all the appendices on line as soon as time permits.
" Dear Mr. Barron
Re: South Planning Applications Committee
20/08/2013 Nairn South
The six Nairnshire Community Councils are hereby making a serious complaint about the alleged deliberate misleading of councillors by the planning department of Highland Council.
We invite you to investigate the alleged deliberate misrepresentation of their statutory responses to the Nairn South development.
West and Cawdor all sent letters of objections/representations. Nairn River also
objected to bridge safety proposals. Copies attached. (appendices 1, 2, 3, 4) Nairn River
January 23rd 2013 the three Nairn Community Councils all attended a joint meeting about
Nairn South in the United Reformed Church at the request of Brian Mackenzie. He
asked if Malcolm Macleod could attend and this was welcomed. We attach the
minute of that meeting. Clearly there was unanimous opposition from all three Community
Councils to the Nairn South proposals. Both Malcolm Macleod and Brian Mackenzie
were in no doubt about this and they both heard the opposition from all
attending. We also have an audio recording of this meeting. (appendix 5)
The three Nairn Community Councils followed this up with separate written objections. Copies attached. (appendices 6, 7, 8)
There was then, on 25/04/2013 in Nairn Community Centre, a joint meeting of all eight Community Councils including Croy and Ardersier, where all eight agreed to emphasise to HC their objection to these developments until the basic infrastructure problems were solved. Copy attached (appendix 9) this letter was sent to HC and widely distributed. Nairn Suburban also objected to the Allenby proposal and cross referenced all the Community Councils previous objections. (appendix 10)
We were therefore amazed to see it stated in the papers for the meeting that, specifically,
Cawdor had not objected, and apart from Nairn West, the objections from all the
other community councils were not recorded or mentioned. Nairn River
In spite of attending the meeting of 23rd January 2013 and having received all these written objections/ submissions, Malcolm Macleod reinforced the misinformation at the 20th August 2013 planning meeting by speaking to a slide which specifically stated ‘Objection from Nairn West CC’ ‘No objection from Cawdor...CC and Nairn River CC’. There was no mention of the other five Community Councils’ objections/submissions.
We believe this was an apparent deliberate attempt to mislead the councillors into approving this proposal.
If your investigation finds this complaint upheld we will expect you to take the necessary action.
Please inform us about what other avenues of redress are open to us. We discussed the ombudsman, judicial review and police investigation of alleged fraud. Are there others, for example, professional bodies?
This complaint will be circulated to our four councillors, MP, MSPs and the press.
Signed by all Nairn shire Community councils
Copy of letter here.
Copies of appendices below
9 All Eight Nairnshire CommunityCouncils includes Croy and Ardersier Objection sent by Nairn Suburban on behalfof all eight Community Councils 9 May 2013
10 Nairn Suburban Community Council Objection to Allenby proposalscross reference under 3 to previous objections