Last night Aulderan CC discussed the A96 bypass and the proposed Lidl store at Balmakeith plus other topics. The meeting was well attended but not packed out like others in the run up to the bypass preferred route option. Of those present quite a few left after the bypass discussion – more of that debate when time permits. Towards the end of the meeting, former Highland Council Convener Sandy Park made a comment from the public benches. Sandy said:
“I’m disappointed that there are not any of our local councillors here. This is the first meeting I’ve been able to come to and there’s not a single councillor.”
Roger Milton the Chair of Auldearn Community Council replied to Sandy:
“There is a slight excuse. There is another community council meeting but having said that there’s enough councillors to at least get one of them here and Colin (MacAulay) was the only one that had the decency to send his apologies. It is disappointing, especially with some of these comments that we’ve just been making towards the end of the meeting here. That’s their job!”
Roger made reference to another meeting, that was Nairn River Community Council in the URC hall, also last night, Cllr Michael Green was in attendance at that meeting.