Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Common Good Issues dominating this week's edition of the Nairnshire Telegraph

This week's front page article in the local paper examines the proposed take over of the East Beach car park by the local caravan site operator Parkdean. Their
move to obtain space for further touring facilities for the popular holiday facility is enthusiastically endorsed by councillors Michael Green and Liz MacDonald. The company's rationale prompting this move is outlined by Parkdean's Scottish Regional Director David Key. On page 6 of the paper an editorial by Iain Bain comes out against however with a look at the historical angle of this area of Common Good land and even offers a suggestion for an alternative site in the town.

It will be interesting to see if old arguments outlined in Iain's editorial resurface to any degree or whether the majority of Nairnites will be unphased by the proposal - perhaps there will be discussion next week at the final (pre-merger) meetings of the Nairn and Suburban Community Councils on Tuesday the 27th. Also worth noting is that on the Agenda for Nairn Badenoch and Strathspey Area Committee meeting on 23rd September was an item "Urgent Additional Item: Nairn Common Good Ground: Parkdean Holiday Parks Limited – Lease Variation." The discussion last month was held in private.

Liz MacDonald's grilling by River Community Council on the future (or lack of it) for the paddling pool dominates page 3 too this week. Get up to date on both Common Good related issues in this week's paper.

Plenty more in the Nainrshire this week including an obituary for Nigel Graham. 

Also extensive sports reporting including the details of 10-man Nairn County going down to a penalty at Turriff. Four trips to Aberdeenshire this year in the league so far and four defeats. County will be looking to the Scottish Cup tie against Wick this Saturday to restore some impetus to their season.