Wednesday, December 07, 2016

A document for Nairnshire priorities going forward for approval later this morning (10.30 am) at the Area Committee meeting

Could almost be the manifesto of the Freedom for Nairnshire movement. It looks good but in the cuts apocalypse environment it will take inspired leadership and thinking out of the box to get any of it done - all the same good luck to the fab four. It might of course be appropriate to add in there "absolutely no ship to ship oil transfers in the Moray Firth!"

The text of the document for approval is posted below. 

Ward 19 Nairn Draft Local Strategic Priorities – November 2016

 Economic Development and Prosperity 
 Create a blueprint for Nairnshire for economic development and regeneration with key targets and timelines including: 
- Delivering on Town Centre and High Street regeneration 
- Supporting development of a Business Improvement District (BID) for Nairn - Delivery and implementation of a tourism action plan
 - Regeneration of the harbour area through creation of a development strategy
 - Support for a new Business Park
 - Further development of commercial units
 - Support for development of local employment and training opportunities 

Work to maximise the benefits of the Inverness City and Region deal for Nairnshire Broadband and Connectivity 

 Ensure delivery of next generation Broadband to all areas of Nairnshire
  Lobby to ensure that mobile phone providers bring minimum 4G to all areas of Nairnshire
 Support development of Nairn as a Wi-Fi town 

Community / Localism 

 Continue to strengthen the Nairnshire Committee through development of the localism agenda
 Working with partners and the community, support the development of an effective Nairnshire Community Partnership to achieve effective Community Planning and address inequalities through partnership working
  Continue to proactively and effectively manage the Nairn Common Good Fund and seek opportunities to maximise the Fund to benefit the local community 
 Continue to support participatory and other local budgeting initiatives to empower wider community participation in decision making 

Transport and Infrastructure 

 Support rapid development and delivery of the A96 Bypass
  Capitalise on strengthening connectivity as a result of dualling of the A96 including:  progressing integrated transport initiatives 
 improving rail commuter services both in and out of Nairn
  improving links to the airport 
 improved walking and cycling routes
  Deliver a connected Coastal paths network through capitalising on opportunities presented by A96 dualling working with Transport Scotland and other partners to achieve this 
 Continue to lobby and work toward improving the bathing water quality to achieve top status for Nairn’s beaches 
 Also address fundamental water and sewerage infrastructure issues
  Continue well established partnership working on key transport and infrastructure projects with community representation 

Housing Development
  Focus on development of key sites in Nairnshire to deliver the housing needs of our community
 Provision of affordable housing and increase the range of affordable rented accommodation 

 Health and Social Care
  Support the maximisation of key hospital services at the Nairn Town and County Hospital as the main hub for delivery of health services for the Nairn Community 
 Ensure patient transport services meet patient and family needs 
 Protect NHS Healthcare provision for Nairnshire
  Protect quality local care provision and access to care at home services 

  Seek opportunities to develop further and higher education provision in Nairn with UHI, Inverness College and Moray College
 Explore local Campus development 
 Seek solutions to reducing the attainment gap
  Ensure education estate provision is fit for purpose 
 Skills and employability in a Ward context to offer choice to younger people Partnership Working
 Work with partner organisations to create a dynamic change agenda for Nairnshire 

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