On Monday night, the Cawdor and West Nairnshire CC had its final meeting prior to the new council forming post-election. They had a fairly short programme which included an update on the Whitebridge situation from Michael Green. There was discussion about safer routes to school and the Pineneuk bus shelter. On the agenda too was the Tom na Clach windfarm community benefit. Fiona Milligan, the Project Manager for the scheme, was present. It will be 2019 before the Cawdor area sees the first community payment but it will amount to £60,000 and will last 25 years and will also be index linked. There will have to be some sort of local management device in place however. The Chair also stated that they had made a donation to the Nairn Christmas lights.
Stevie Webster outlined a programme of events for the Christmas week including a traditional children’s party and a ladies night fashion show. Highland Councillor Kate Stephen and Stevie Webster then made a presentation to outgoing councillor Margeret Robertson. Stevie told the meeting that Margaret had served twelve and a half years on the Community Council. She had agreed to be the Chair, after the resignation of Tim Smith earlier this year, only after it was suggested to her that it would be a quiet summer. Of course what was to happen only 2 weeks into her term of office was that the Whitebridge issue would come to the fore.
Margaret said: “It’s been a privilege, it’s had its moments but I quite enjoyed it.”