Michael Green pictured yesterday at the site visit/demonstration on Cawdor Road
Earlier yesterday (Weds 18th) Michael Green made a speech that caught the mood of the Council Chamber in
Glenurquhart Road, he set the tone for the eventual result. Coupled with Michael’s
explicit reasoning explaining what had made so many Nairn residents take to the streets, the members had to consider too the people power manifestation
they had experienced on the streets of Nairn. They took a decision that was a
victory for the town’s three community councils and the hinterland rural CCs
that supported them too. We hope to publish extracts of Michael’s speech later
or at least link to the point in the webcast where he spoke if it goes up
tomorrow. There were other councillors that spoke effectively for Nairn too,
including an impassioned Laurie and the Inverness Councillor Richard Laird.
Others too, more on that tomorrow if time permits.
Yesterday evening there was a meeting of all the towns 3 CCs in the Community Centre. Around 60 members of the public were present, the mood was initially celebratory but the usual suspects were not resting on their laurels after today’s positive result, they were discussing the next steps in their campaign to see planning democracy returned to Nairn once and for all. The Chair of the meeting, Dick Youngson, asked Michael if he wished to say anything and once again Councillor Green caught the public mood, he praised the Community Councils for their campaign and their effective lobbying and said:
“Highland Council, I make the point, I hope they learn a lesson from this because this is not just a one off. This is communities representing their views and making it known and if they are ignored then Highland Council reap the whirlwind at your peril. Because that’s what’s going to happen, this is a culture change. I think this is a pivotal moment for Highland Council. They have to realise that local democracy actually means something. It’s not something we put on leaflets, it’s not something we just articulate when it suits us – it’s action today is what it’s got to be all about."