One of our Highland Councillors is as cynical about "consultation" as many of our readers are. On Wednesday at the Nairn Area Committee meeting Michael Green said:
"I’m pretty cynical about consultation and that is based on experiences. We had a massive response to Nairn South, I would suggest the level of response which was received for Nairn South was unprecedented in the Highlands. The Inner Moray Firth, and this really caused problems with me, the Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan stated that whilst the overwhelming response was against Nairn South they had to take into account the views of those that did not take part in the process and then they did take the rather Machiavellian view that they were of the opposite opinion to the majority. Now I don’t know what that would do to encourage folk to take part in the consultation process but unfortunately that is the sort of legacy that that process has had."