On Tuesday night, the Chair of the Subbies, Dick Youngson, echoed similar frustrations aired recently at a River CC meeting. He said:
"Everything is being done voluntarily and we are asking Highland Council for office accommodation in the Courthouse perhaps with phone and IT links where we can meet people centrally. We can’t really function properly just using our own houses for meeting rooms and things like that. It’s really not fair, I’ve got a room that is full of files – John has as well, he can’t even get into his garage for the same reason. We’re all ending up in the same boat. There’s so much on at the moment, we do need better facilities. We have to get something from Highland Council. We’re doing all this work for nothing, absolutely nothing and it takes up a lot of time.”
“It could be something that’s shared,” added John MacKie.
“We could share with all the community councils, even those on the periphery could actually come in and have meetings. It’s very important that we do get something, I know there are a lot of changes being made in the Courthouse and there are other teams and groups coming in. All we need is a sort of permanent meeting room for all our information. It is something we will be raising with Liz Cowie and the four ward councillors.”
Gurnmeister opinion: The "usual suspects" give their time freely to the community unlike our four Highland Councillors who are paid for their work. Some of them give up a considerable amount of their time too and possibly work just as hard and long as our Highland Councillors Laurie, Liz, Michael and Colin. Could a room or two not be found in the Courthouse for the CCs to enable them to carry out their tasks more efficiently - after all the Courthouse and other Council buildings are public property and the Community Councils represent us too and are working on our behalf. An organisation like Highland Council, with its budget of hundreds of millions, could surely find a permanent office for Tommy, Dick and Rosemary and their colleagues who do so much on our behalf?