In case you’d like to know what Community Councillors do between meetings ( apart from reading about ourselves in the Nairnshire and on social media….) we have been quite busy since April
LOCAL DECISIONS AND COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT
We have on Monday 6th May sent out a joint letter with 5 other Nairn community groups
to the highest level of Highland Council and the Scottish Government and our elected representatives, to complain about inadequate structures in place to support consultation and involvement of Nairn communities in local development and community planning matters.
We are concerned that in Highland the principles of the Community Empowerment Act ( 2015) are not being effectively implemented, with potentially damaging effects for Nairn when decisions are taken without local consultation and due consideration of local priorities and needs.
You can read this letter here
Local Decisions and Community Empowerment joint letter May18
PARTICIPATION REQUEST TO HIGHLAND COUNCIL
We have also today 10 May sent out a Participation Request to Highland Council to request that Nairn River Community Council and the communities it represents are in future fully consulted on all proposed developments, and action plans relating to all the Outcomes included in the Highland Outcomes Improvement Plan. , with particular focus on the community engagement and consultation outcomes.
Currently the Nairn and Nairnshire Locality Plan – prioritises local consultation only in the context of children and young people which is a start, but clearly not enough.
We are hopeful of a positive response from Highland Council, but are aware of the recent refusal of a previous Participation Request submitted by West and Suburban CC in relation to proposed Parking Charges.
You can read our Participation Request here
NRCC Participation Request May 18