The Nairnshire today details the circumstances behind the resignation of West/Suburban secretary Brian Stewart as Secretary and also as a member of the Community Council. More details at a newsagents near you.
What then now for the fledgling Community Council that was launched after the
|Brian Stewart pictured at the South Nairn |
planning hearing in June 2014
combination of West and Suburban CCs at the elections in November? The Gurn understands that Brian had been very reluctant to take on that role in the first instance but decided to do so after it was indicated that the Council would fall into abeyance unless that position was filled.
If you think of many of the initiatives that have emerged from the community councils and other groups in recent years to fight Nairn's corner in an increasingly Invercentric Highland world then Brian will probably have been there helping to develop and draw up strategies and documents to help fight our corner. There are those that feel that Brian's skills went a long way to helping the community fight these battles at a level that often surpassed the kind of information and material that the out of town authorities that have made the major decisions for Nairn in recent years have been able to produce. Brian's main motivation is to make Nairn a better place for all that live work or come to holidy in the town. This observer feels it is fair to say that his contribution through the Community Councils and other organisations has been immense.
So what now for the West/Suburban CC? Will fault lines emerge along the wetlands/visitor project they propose for Sandown and now the giant cage proposed for parrots and other birds that is championed by a newly co-opted member of that organisation? There are those that feel that housing should be the priority for the Sandown fields and amongst that social housing that the town would have a large element of control over. Sandown is of course on the West/Suburban "manor" but it will be interesting to see what others out with that geographical area might wish to see done with those fields owned by the Common Good Fund which could possibly used as an engine room for development that could harvest cash for other projects in Nairn. The next meeting of the Westie/Subbies will be very interesting.