"I would like to thank everyone who supported the ramp application for the Firhall Bridge yesterday in the Community Centre, especially Brian Stewart for his presentation. We didn't succeed but we were up against so many good causes in a new event that turned out fine on the day and was a useful exercise but perhaps it could do with a bit of fine tuning to enable more people to vote.
Congratulations to the winners but for myself and others that didn't succeed a moment of quite reflection as the winners were having their picture taken for the Council publicity. I have to confess to a slight feeling of failure, I know how a ramp could make such difference to a lot of people that would like to benefit from a circular walk of the river. I still see it as a necessary improvement and I will keep campaigning for a way for it to become reality. If there was a huge lump of last minute cash available recently for several Highland Council discretionary projects such as the ice rink our four councillors could perhaps prepare a document supporting the ramp now for submission should there be funds left over again through in Inverness next year. I will have a word with those that have helped the Firhall Bridge campaign up to now and see what we can do next, perhaps it might mean another attempt at this Nurturing Nairnshire fund next year or perhaps some other opportunity might crop up in the meantime. Anyway thanks for the support and watch this space"