The Gurn has been talking about the Marina but over at MyNairn it's all about the Harbour. That Spurtle and Nairnbairn should really have their own blogs. Here's some of Spurtle's caustic wisdom:
'The harbour development commenced sometime in 1990 I think and ran through 1991, possibly into 1992.
I’m not sure if we had ‘Local Plans ‘ then but I suspect if anyone were to investigate the boundaries of the conservation zone, they might well find it traces the outline of the harbour development quite closely, without ever crossing it.
Prior to the harbour development , the area never looked ‘pretty’ . There was an old Cash and Carry, which I was once told had been an abbatoir, the Sailing Club and its yard ( the Sailing Club aqquired its pitched roof and the ‘ new’ boatyard as part of the re-development), the Peerie ( chip shop & smoked salmon) , various garages/sheds, and the Sea Scout hut.
All that happened is all that happens with most developments .The developer promised the earth, those in positions of authority, who really should know better, dance about like excited puppies, peeing themselves. Then the developer fails to deliver and the town is left with a piss-poor development which has more in common with some iron curtain country than evoking even the tiniest sentiment of anything resembling Scottish architecture.
“Put up a pile of ugly boxes, and Jesus, people bought ‘em” ( Henley,Frey 1976)
And, of course, just like the lack of facilities built on the Lochloy Development, or the problems with the playpark built at the new houses in Auldearn, there seems to be a total lack of accountability. I suspect that most developers , and quite a few officers of the Council , should be called Teflon , as nothing ever seems to stick to them.'
There's more, buried away at the bottom of the comments in this MyNairn thread