Kenny MacLeod's match report from Saturday here.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Kenny MacLeod's match report from Saturday here.
Monday, August 30, 2010
New plans to redevelop the town centre in Nairn will be presented to the local community soon. The blueprint from The Highland Council will take account of the Co-operative Group’s decision to abandon plans to expand their town centre supermarket on the King Street site. Instead the focus will be on attracting housing, retail and providing adequate public parking. It is intended that a Development Brief will be presented to the Council’s Planning Environmental and Development Committee on Wednesday 22 September.
If approved, the draft Brief will be discussed at a Ward Forum in Nairn in October and then it will be available for public comment over a minimum of four weeks. Following the Co-operative Group’s decision to refurbish their existing store on King Street rather than extend, the Council intends to meet with senior Co-op representatives later this week to discuss the future of their land holdings at the Regal Bar and the disused petrol filling station.
Friday, August 27, 2010
‘Nairn members met yesterday morning to discuss how to take forward the redevelopment of the town centre. A report setting out recommendations for the future consultation on the regeneration of the area is set to go before the planning, environment and development committee on 22nd September.’
Reports, committees and consultation – haven’t we had about 15 years of that as far as the town centre is concerned? Why not save money and put a suggestion box in the Courthouse?
In their editorial ‘Think Big’ (not on line yet) the bi-weekly organ of the Highland Capital also preoccupies itself with Nairn’s woes, the paper makes a plea to the council not to rush in with housing however, they suggest:
‘While we agree that the eyesores cannot be left to deteriorate for much longer, we would urge the local authority to make one last attempt to market the whole site nationally and internationally in the hope of attracting a striking development that would benefit the town economically.’
A view from afar that really doesn’t understand the situation on the ground, the present miserable condition of that part of the town centre has been due to waiting, waiting, waiting for a white knight to come dashing onto the scene and sort it all out for us. The Council no longer owns the whole site anyway. If there are to be any solutions this observer suspects there are not national or international white knights waiting in the sidings, solutions will have to be locally inspired ones. Have Gurnites got any genuine ideas to sort this wee problem?
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Angela Mackay, 45, of West Mackenzie Park, Inverness, predicted traffic jams on rural roads around the castle and said that buses should have been laid on.
Les Kidger, of promoter CK Events, said: “We are anticipating a fair crowd to come from 9am onwards.
“We have facilities set up for them and will be looking after them.” '
Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson will confirm today a firm has been appointed to identify “preferred solutions” for dualling of the A96 between Inverness and Nairn.
The project will also involve drawing up plans for a Nairn bypass and a new link connecting the A96 to the A9 Inverness-Perth road south of the Highland capital.'
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
It has been revealed that the civic golden chain of Dornoch and its town charter – an ancient parchment – are kept under lock and key at a secret location, with only eight locals enjoying access.
The tale emerged after the Scottish Cabinet convened in the royal burgh as part of a summer tour last month. '
More on the Press & Journal website.
This is perhaps an ideal point to ponder what will happen locally at the next Highland Council election to the office of Provost. Here's what Gurnites thought of the decision to remove Liz in one of our unscientific polls.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
The Nairn Half Marathon is part of the Nairn Highland Games, which was a great setting, as the first 300m of the race was a lap of the grass track, which was surrounded by about 250-350 people all cheering and shouting, which was inspiring and filled my legs with a little extra energy as we hit the roads. Maybe the cheering influenced my heart more than my head, as I set off too quickly and as a result suffered in the second mile...
Sunday, August 22, 2010
More pictures now on the Gurn flickr pages: Nairn Highland Games 2010 - Na Geamaichean Gaidhealach Inbhir Narann 2010
and see two posts below for links to more pictures and videos taken by Gurnites at the Games yesterday.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Update: First video
Friday, August 20, 2010
Another Gurn correspondent has also now filed a reportand picture on the yacht incident:
Update 18.44: A small motor yacht moored off of Nairn was attended by both the Lifeboat and Coastguard services this afternoon. High winds have caused a choppy sea, the boat in question appears to be at anchor awaiting the next tide to come into harbour.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
"We have 80 councillors who are awash with ideas, projects and schemes - I can think of any amount off the top of my head." '
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
The woman was seen falling into the water from a path near the Merryton footbridge, several hundred yards upstream from the harbour.
A member of the public alerted emergency services and coastguard, ambulance and fire crews attended.' More details here
Monday, August 16, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
'Community safety minister Mr Ewing was also confirmed as being selected unopposed to fight the new seat of Inverness and Nairn, and will be up against Inverness West councillor Alasdair Christie for the Lib Dems.'
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
River CC opposes Lodgehill Clinic flats proposal – If you are worried about over-development in Nairn you can too.
From many aspects this application is appalling, it is not in keeping with the local area especially being three stories high, there are not enough parking spaces provided, the density is excessive and isn’t it just bonkers to have a metal roof on a building next to Dr Grigor’s former home? It’s claimed building will be even taller than the nearby ‘Duchally’ building.
If you too are worried about over-development in Nairn then spare a thought for those opposing this application. They are not nimbies, they told the meeting tonight that they are not opposed to housing on that site but something of a lower height and density and more in keeping with the neighbouring architecture. Who knows where the next inappropriate development will come in Nairn – perhaps it might be in your street next time? Once again another part of our community is threatened by over-development, you can help put a stop to this current application, just go along to this webpage on the Highland Council site and object (use the comments tab to object and the documents tab to read the objections already received). The last day for the receipt of objections is Sunday, please spread the word if you feel so inclined.
River Community Council to support Sports Bar (but with major reservations over the upstairs smoking area)
Monday, August 09, 2010
First there were the objections and now the trickle of letters of support has become a steady stream. It is fascinating to read these letters as their authors often diverge into other things that folk think are wrong with Nairn at the moment.
Just as with the objectors’ letters however, it remains to be seen what will be seen as ‘material considerations’ by the planners. One thing is certain, there can be no denying that part of this process can turn into a numbers game and this may focus the mind of elected representatives as we move closer to the next elections.
You can read all the correspondence here by clicking on the documents tab. Tomorrow night (Tuesday) the matter will be discussed at the River Community Council planning meeting in the Laing Hall. When there’s nothing good on the
A smaller editorial from the Nairnshire in last Tuesday's edition but a very important subject discussed. Iain Bain is agitating for the bypass to be kept on the agenda:
'It may be fashionalbe now to take on the mantle of the candour of reality with which the Prime Minister wishes to characterise the early days of his government and say "well no chance of a bypass now". But we say "rubbish" to that. Don't forget the Nairn bypass. We have the problem now and it is not going to improve on its own. "
Hard to see how the Prime Minister will be moved by the collective voice of Nairn calling for a bypass in his ear. Hard to see how Danny can/will do anything either. Nothing has been posted on the LibDem Nairn bypass site since January, have they given up on the idea?
Sunday, August 08, 2010
Saturday, August 07, 2010
Friday, August 06, 2010
Highland Council is seeking contractors for grass-cutting services across the Highland area.
Nine lots are available and contractors can apply for one or more. Contractors will be required for the growing season - seven months of the year - but can extend annually for up to two years. The deadline is 30 August. Call 01463 703887 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, August 05, 2010
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
The Daily Mail is claiming that the cloned beef now in the food chain came from a farm near Nairn.
Update 05/08/10: This observer is no fan of cloning of animals but is the Daily Mail now out to demonise the Nairnshire farm concerned? The Press & Journal has a more sympathetic approach: Dairy farmers are innocent victimes, they say. For anyone seeking further information there are now 1,285 news articles to browse on Google News.
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
And the following tribute has been published on the Highland Council site
'Hugh Fraser, The Highland Council’s Director of Education Culture and Sport has paid tribute to Mrs Caroline Johnston, depute head teacher at Rosebank Primary School, Nairn, who died as the result of a horse riding accident on Monday (2 August 2010).
He said: “We are all shocked by this tragic accident. Our sincere condolences go to her family and all those who knew and worked with Caroline. She was a first class teacher, who was popular with her staff and pupils. She will be sorely missed.”
Mrs Johnston began her employment with The Highland Council in 1997 at Central Primary School, Inverness. She moved to Cradlehall Primary in 2003/2004 and was appointed depute head teacher at Rosebank Primary, Nairn, in 2004. She was seconded to acting headships at Ardersier Primary in 2006 and Kingussie Primary in 2009. Caroline was currently depute head teacher at Rosebank Primary School in Nairn.'
Monday, August 02, 2010
‘They prey on water voles and have been blamed for almost wiping out ground-nesting birds on Sandaig and the Sound of Sleat on Skye.’
Perhaps they have been attracted to the harbour area by the increase in duck numbers in recent years. They have in fact been present further up the river for some time. Two years ago this observer saw a mink drag a fully grown rabbit into the river just below the railway bridge. The mink drowned the rabbit and then proceeded to haul it up into its burrow underneath some exposed roots of an alder tree. Perhaps the hoodies and black back gulls are not the only culprits down by? More evidence of the varied diet of mink can be had from a report in 1998 following the release of thousands of mink into the New Forest by animal welfare numpties:
‘Yesterday, on the advice of police, residents were locking up their cats and dogs, and mounting armed patrols on their properties. The mink have already taken out a Chihuahua and had a go at some piglets. Locals have been warned not to approach them, if they feel a sentimental attachment to all 10 of their fingers. Landowners have been advised to shoot on sight.’
Sunday, August 01, 2010
And here's another video from Youtube, showing a walk to the West Beach
A quick google reveals that Dolphin View Cottage has its own website. Here's what they say about Nairn on that page (nice picture of deer on the beach too):
'Nairn is a Victorian seaside town which boasts 2 championship golf course, 2 sandy beaches, the river Nairn with fabulous fishing and the Links with its children's playground & paddling pool, a bandstand & cricket pitch. It has a public swimming pool, museums, shops, parks, many places of interest and a host of events all summer, including the famous Nairn Games which take place on the Links every August (Sat 21st August 2010). Nairn Highland Games 2010
A travelling funfair visits Nairn Links for two weeks in August, culminating on Nairn Games Day. Nairn also hosts an annual Jazz Festival in August (not 2010), with many International acts at affordable prices in venues around the town. There are so many restaurants and cafes within Nairn you could eat out at a different place every day.
It's is an ideal base for families, golfers, fishermen or walkers, with so many places of interest within a short drive. There are castle trails, whisky trails and walking trails from easy to extreme, all within easy reach. ' That's correct folks, all that and much much more, why not give Nairn a try for your holidays or a short break this year?