We have now had a reply to our letter requesting that the old Social Work building and adjoining Council assets be taken off the market. Alongside our representation to Highland Council, Nairn Members have initiated a paper to go to the Finance, Housing and Resources (FHR) committee meeting on 30 January 2013 seeking approval to take these assets off the market. The paper will also suggest that the Council develops a partnership approach with NICE over the use of part or all of the footprint (detail to be further discussed with Nairn Elected Members) and that part or all of the footprint be offered to NICE on a ‘Right-to-Buy’ basis. The statutory period under ‘Right-to-Buy’ is 6 months, therefore the paper will state that NICE be given up to the end of July 2013 to prepare a detailed business plan.
So we await with interest the outcome of the committee decision and look forward to more detailed discussions with our 4 elected members and our own NICE membership. If you have not already reviewed our initial ideas for the Social Work building then please do so (see post below). We are very keen that local people contribute their ideas.