We are told that some members of a focus group of parents thought that the paddling pool might not be the best value for money and from that it it seems we are going to have a consultation on options for the paddling pool site – including an option of a “splash park”. This observer would suggest that it is a dangerous
The worry is that at a time when Highland Council is scratching its head and working out how to cut the budget by £35 million (and there is a suggestion in the P&J that it may even be more than that) then hard pressed departments and officers who may now be able to help plot out other options and deliver them might not even be in position next year. Just what will be left of Highland Council and its arms-length off-shoot Highland Highlife after the cuts are agreed? There are those who maintain that Nairn doesn’t get its fair share of resources already and so we will lose disproportionately. Can we be sure that what is left locally of Council resources after the cuts will even be able perform it’s existing functions let alone project manage the transformation of the paddling pool into something else (even if massive amounts of funding could be found and the community convinced that that is the best option)?
When you suggest that the paddling pool may suffer because of the cuts, it is
It is not a time for further focus groups, it is time to draw a line in the sand and fight for what we have. The paddling pool works for Nairn, let’s keep it and let’s tell Highland Council that in no uncertain terms before the cuts come. It isn’t time to play Russian Roulette with one of Nairn’s iconic resources.