Do you have any further comments on boundary matters?
Phase one consultation focused upon boundaries: Do you have any further comments on boundary matters?
Saturday 03 April 2010 8:57:14 am
Time for a 'Royal Burgh of Nairn Community Council'
We live in a new credit crunched age. One look at the potential cuts proposed for debate at Highland Council gives us a hint of what is coming. There will be less that the Highland Council will be able to do for us and communities will have to do more for themselves. It is essential that Nairn speaks with a single voice, divided with three community councils we will have trouble giving a coherent voice to the authorities including our four Highland Council members.
The three existing councils came about from arbitrary lines drawn on the Map in the 1970's and take no account of Nairn being a single cohesive community.
Other 'Royal Burghs' in Scotland have already taken the decisive step of creating a unitary Council for their communities. Here is a list of them from a brief internet search:
Royal Burgh of Cupar Community Council, Royal Burgh of St Andrews Community Council, Royal Burgh of Selkirk and District Community Council, Royal Burgh of Jedburgh Community Council, Royal Burgh of Lanark Community Council, Royal Burgh of Whithorn and District community council, Community Council of the Royal Burgh of Peebles and District, The Community Council for the Royal Burgh of Forres, Elie & The Royal Burgh of Earlsferry Community Council, Royal Burgh of Montrose Community Council, Royal Burgh of Elgin Community Council, The Royal Burgh of Wick Community Council.
I would appeal to all Nairn folk to get involved involved in this consultation and make their views known. We won't get a Royal Burgh Community Council
unless we ask for it!
More info on: http://royalburghcomc.blogspot.com/ & www.gurnnurn.com
Time for the 'Royal Burgh of Nairn Community Council'
Monday 05 April 2010 2:25:03 pm
One community council for Nairn
Very much agree - it makes no sense for 3 community councils to be required in Nairn, and I support any campaign that seeks to bring all three Nairn community councils under the banner of a single Royal Burgh of Nairn Community Council.
That way we can ensure a simpler, less confusing, and democratic community council process.
A single community council for Nairn is both logical and necessary: the review team should assess the arguments, not duck the issue
Nairn town is an identifiable, single, coherent community. It has always been a single "burgh". The case for a single unified Community Council is compelling.
The Highland Council itself has already recognised and supported this: in 2003 the then Ward Manager put forward a formal proposal, with supporting arguments, for the establishment of a single CC in place of the existing three separate ones. This was agreed and endorsed by the equivalent of the Ward Forum. Shamefully, the Council itself then failed to implement the action that had been agreed.
The arguments for such a change remain, and are now even stronger. Essentially they are based on three broad principles:
- "philosophical". Single CCs are the norm for all comparable towns in the Highland and indeed Grampian region, and indeed work well in all other towns. There is no reason why Nairn should be an anomaly. Where a community has a clear identity, shares communal services and amenities, has a single station, shopping area, Post Office and other such facilities, and has a common interest in the future of the town, it is both logical and sensible to have a single Community Council which can reflect and represent the views of the population of the whole town;
- "political". A single CC is the most appropriate forum for reaching a consensus among the community as a whole, the most democratic way of representing the collective interests of the town, and the most effective way of influencing policy and planning decisions;
- "practical". A single CC would have greater capacity to handle the growing workload of statutory consultations and consideration of planning and other issues which the government's emphasis on transparency and local consultation generates. Having three CCs for separate parts of the town means at best duplication, and at worst a risk that significant matters will be inadequately scrutinised.
The review team should take the responsibility of assessing the arguments on their merits and - in line with the remit from national government - recommending a scheme which delivers consistency across the region, and suggesting boundary changes which can be justified on both social and operational grounds. The first phase of the review, and its first report, fails to offer a methodical analysis of the case for a single CC for Nairn, and consequently ducks making any proposal. This is an abdication of responsibility. The review team should at least have put a clear recommendation forward, with supporting reasons, for consideration by the local community (as indeed they have done in respect of membership, constitution, and procedures).
Not least in view of the previous background of the 2003 deliberations, and given the current evidence of extensive local support for a move to a single CC for Nairn, it is to be hoped that the Council's Review team will actually address the substantive issue, and will come forward with a reform proposal that reflects and responds to the current and future needs of the town of Nairn.
Tuesday 29 June 2010 5:25:04 pm
Appendix 1 of draft scheme
Insert a map or maps covering the whole of the Highland Council area and justifying the claim in report HC-55-09, under item 16. Community Council Review of the agenda for the Highland Council meeting of 4th March 2010, that practical issues concerning the identification of boundaries in relation to the location of particular properties (a key consideration in relation to Community Council election arrangements) have been largely solved by the development of computerised mapping systems
Wednesday 30 June 2010 10:43:27 am
Appendix 2 of draft scheme
Delete names of corporate management areas ("Caithness Sutherland and East Ross", "Ross, Skye and Lochaber" and "Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey" and reorder other content in a single alphabetical list of community council areas
Boundaries of corporate management areas follow boundaries of wards first used for elections in 2007, but the draft scheme does not represent any proposal which would amend older boundaries of community council areas to align them with boundaries of these corporate management areas
Therefore the three lists, each under a corporate management area name, misrepresent boundaries of community council areas proposed by the draft scheme
Also, corporate management areas seem not to be a statutory requirement linked to community council schemes, and could be abolished during the life of the scheme
Therefore the use of the corporate management area names could easily become anachronistic, causing confusion as to whether terms of the scheme are being properly observed