Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Japanese Knotweed making it's spring reappearance on the riverside
Japanese Knotweed presents a major problem to the local ecosystems by comparison.
Here are the main problems caused by Knotweed as listed on the site of the Japanese Knotweed Alliance.
'• Damage to paving and tarmac areas
• Damage to flood defence structures
• Damage to archaeological sites
• Reduction of biodiversity through out-shading native vegetation
• Restriction of access to riverbanks for anglers, bank inspection and amenity use
• Reduction in land values
• Increased risk of flooding through dead stems washed into river and stream channels
• Increased risk of soil erosion and bank instability following removal of established stands in riparian areas
• Accumulation of litter in well established stands
• Aesthetically displeasing
• Expensive to treat'
Regular walkers of the river will know that there is no shortage of Japanese Knot Weed. It makes no sense to spend £56,000 on improving the riverside walks if nothing is done to protect the indigenous flora from invasive species.
The issue of Japanese Knotweed was raised at the last Ward Forum meeting of the Highland Council in Nairn. It remains to be seen if the council will do anything. If not within a few years there will be nothing to be seen along the riverside but Japanese knotweed.
Here’s a little more information on Knotweed from the Japanese Knotweed Alliance site
‘Japanese knotweed thrives on disturbance and has been spread by both natural means and by human activity. In riparian areas, high water flows disperse fragments of the plant downstream where new colonies form. In the past, fly-tipping and transportation of soil containing rhizome fragments have been a major cause of spread, particularly in the urban environment. It is only one of two terrestrial plants dealt with by the current version of the UK Wildlife and Countryside Act under which it is illegal to cause it to grow in the wild.’
And according to another site there are legal implications. The Gurn is not quite sure how the legislation would apply in Scotland however.
'Japanese Knotweed is regulated by several pieces of legislation, the main being
• The Wildlife and Countryside Act (as amended) 1981
• The Environmental Protection Act 1990
• The Environmental Protection (Duty of Care) Regulations 1991
Third party litigation where damages may be sought for allowing Japanese Knotweed to spread onto other properties.
This puts a duty of care on the landowner with Japanese Knotweed infestations to be proactive in the control and eradication of it. Planning permission will also generally be refused without an eradication programme in place for the infestation.’
No doubt The Highland Council will be fully aware of the implications. The Gurn appeals for action by our local authority
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
There were reports on the Sandown Lands situation and the town centre project - Nothing much to report was the theme there, the council still waiting for a supermarket planning application for the town centre.
The Gurn has not been slow in the past in criticising the Highland Council but credit where credit is due, the Ward Forum is an excellent democratic arena, with local interest groups and the community councils and the police all allowed to contribute to the debate, questions are also invited from the general public. Long may it continue says the Gurn , it is an excellent antidote to the increasing 'Invercentric' feel of many things in this area. The Meeting was capably chaired by Provost Liz MacDonald who demonstrated the wealth of political skills she has learned in her recent years of public service.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
More and more people are using Sandown Farm Lane as a rat run. This is leading to a new smaller jam on Marine Road at peak times. One Fishertown resident reports that she took her car up to the Cawdor Road Post Office, the Harbour Street one no longer being an option, and it took her 45 minutes to get back to the Fishertown.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Found in 'Gaelic in Scotland, 1698-1981. The Geographical History of a Language. By Charles W. J. Withers'
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
'A SENIOR civil servant moved across the city from a development agency to a top £100,000-a-year job at Highland Council this week – and also picked up a £138,000 payment from the public purse on the way.'
More on the Highland News site.
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
It has been, of course, no secret that lots of Nairn money goes out of town each week. It still will of course when you spend in a chain store in town but at least a few more people won't have to travel 16 miles to work everyday.
If Sainsbury's are successful maybe they could construct a rail halt over at the industrial estate and keep a few more lorries off the road? Could they take advantage of HIE's review of northern freight routes?
'Workshops will be held in Inverness and Aberdeen in May.
The aim will be to bring together operators, businesses and authorities to discuss the key issues and ways of improving freight facilities.'' More on the BBC site here.
'We don't see our major developers going around town on bicycles or walking. We actually see them in their big Rolls-Royces and Mercedes; so stop conning us in relation to developer contributions. The developers don't pay it; it is passed onto the purchaser of the house.'
Now that is absolute rubbish, Donald Trump doesn't have a Rolls-Royce - he has a plane. Things must be desperate in Inverness if Cllr Holden sees so many developers driving round in their big Rolls-Royces and Mercedes but here in Nairn the Gurn knows of at least two developers who are prepared to walk the streets amongst the rest of us. Are you a developer? Is Cllr Holden right in what he says?
Answers on a postcard to 'Behind the bikesheds, Glenurquart Road, Inverness.'
The Gurn notes from Cllr Holden's non-financial interests that he is a 'Giant Carboot Sale Organiser'. Well if you have a giant Rolls-Royce or Mercedes better not turn up at that one then.
And thank's to John Holden's party's policies a lot of people have to use their car more to get to the nearest post office, be it a Mercedes or a Trabant they possess.
'Don't follow leaders, watch the Parking Meters.'
Monday, April 07, 2008
More here 'Asda wants ethical code for UK suppliers only'. And of course that is if Asda ever was or still is one of the permutations for the Nairn supermarket scene (A thought process that can be quite dizzy at times).
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Meanwhile elsewhere there is another theory: 'A break-up of Woolworths appeared to be on the cards today when the High Street chain said its long-struggling retail arm was back in the black.' More at This is money.
'The times they are a' changing', and the High Street as we know it in the near future? Retailing in turmoil as the credit cards are culled?
'In the convenience store sector the Co-op has 7.9 per cent and is third behind Tesco (9.6 per cent) and Spar (9.2 per cent). With the addition of Somerfield's convenience stores it would have 9 per cent.
But James Flower, from research group Verdict, believes the Co-op would have to sell some of the 955 Somerfield stores if the deal went through.'
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
'From Littlehampton to Blackpool, Nairn to Poulton, Kenilworth to Great Doddington, the furies are massing'
He detects stirrings in the population concerned about their vanishing identity:
'They are rising up, now, all over the nation. Recently, researching a book on just this subject, I was surprised to see just how widely this is happening, usually far below the media radar. '