Today’s Nairnshire Telegraph published the details of a meeting held by Nairn councillors to try and decide as to what the official name of the road named locally as Maggot Road should be. The reason for needing a proper road name is that the flats currently being built along ‘the road’ are in need of proper postal addresses and despite the Maggot being the adopted name for the road, it seems a mass debate was needed.
Maggot Road is mentioned in publications and maps, but would Maggot Road referring to the road that leads to the Maggot just be too logical?
Names in the hat included: Bailey Drive, this is a reference to the Bailey Bridge but as was pointed out this is a type of bridge and in the future a new bridge might not be a Bailey one. Merryton Drive was another, as was Maggot Drive.
Riverside Road was another candidate, as was Riverside Terrace, there was even a suggestion of splitting the road and having two names.
It would seem a shame if there was a move to name Maggot Road anything other than Maggot Road/Drive/Crescent/Path/Street or even just The Maggot for it is after all the road to a historical part of Nairn called the Maggot, I wonder how the new flats obtained planning permission to build on a road that doesn't exist?
Maybe the Gurn’s resident historian Hamish can throw light on the origin of the name for Cllr Park wasn’t sure where the name Maggot came from.
Do Gurnites have any suggestions as to what the road should be called?