If the Nairnshire is correct (they understand that the delay in a decision may imply refusal) and the nightmare scenario comes true and Nairn were to abandoned totally to the Co-op, will voters punish the Scottish Government ruling party at the General election? We have always thought of Nairn as quite an SNP stronghold although the County was at one time represented by two Conservative councillors on the old Highland Region Council. Times have changed however, and many, many Nairn votes have stacked up behind Fergus Ewing over the years since the return of the Scottish Parliament.
Our shopping situation in town is dire and can be quite an emotive subject, we are literally forced to travel for a choice of food, in fact a trip to Forres or
The Gurn predicts that if this supermarket is rejected the majority of Nairnites will consider it the scandal of the millennium and will react angrily. In the shape of the ruling party in
A moment too to examine the role of the Co-op, who had the cheek to put up a line of suits at the inquiry to do their best to deny Nairnites the choice that competition coming to Nairn would provide, they are dragging their feet about redeveloping the town centre site until the Sainsbury’s decision. Does this make any sense? We can see how Forres survives with three supermarkets and how Huntly, a town half the size of Nairn, has an ASDA and a Tescos. Surely the Co-op’s stance is absurd because even if Sainsbury’s are refused a new supermarket will one day come to Nairn. Why should they be allowed to dictate that they will only build if they have no competition? Are we to become retail vassals of the ‘caring, sharing, Co-op’?
The will of the people cannot be refused for ever. Sainsbury’s or another company could reapply perhaps and that site or another, once the new Highland Development plan goes through, would see the metal framework of a competitor going up sooner rather than later.
Fingers crossed that we will get a Sainbury’s however, and that a positive decision is announced before the end of 2009. Another take on the situation is available on Nairn's latest Internet facilty.