Local consultation in plans and decision making for Nairn

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

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

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

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