Nairn Highland Cllr Colin MacAulay yesterday voted with his administration colleagues to shut 22 service points throughout the Highlands. The vote split along group lines with the SNP/Lab/Lib alliance's tally at 13 and the Indies with 9. Colin voted for the closures and Laurie voted against. Nairn wasn’t on the hit list but Ardersier was. In a local weekly newspaper based in Leopold Street the Editor wrote in this week’s edition prior to yesterday’s vote:
“But there is something very gung-ho about this move, suddenly announced last week. Nairn is not affected but Ardersier is. However the worrying aspect is knowing just where this may end.”
The Independent leader on the Council later put out a message to the region’s Community Councils stating that her group would be putting a Notice of amendment to take the issue back to the next Council meeting on the 13th of March. Click read more to see what she wrote:
"Thank you to all of you who have done so much work in making submissions regarding the service points. Unfortunately although I asked the Chair, he would not agree to a recess during the meeting to allow the committee members time to consider what you had written. I feel this is somewhat of an own goal as we will be able to use that in the future. However the outcome of the meeting was that all the political party Members of the Administration voted 13 against the 9 independent members to shut all 22 service points.
We have submitted a Notice of Amendment to take the item back to the next Council Meeting on 13th March. We would ask you to help us if possible by contacting your local Members and making your views about the service points you are concerned about. Even more uncertainty remains after the meeting today, we need to clarify some of the statements made at the meeting today by the Administration.
Once again thanking you for all your help and support,
We did our best.