Saturday, October 09, 2010

Just a little too narrow now?


For many years the night-time economy of the High Street has been just as busy, if not more so, as that of the 9-5 scene. Traditionally those seeking meals from many of the take-away establishments have parked on both sides of the road with little or no problem. The customers get their food, the owners of the premises their profit and quite a few others some employment.
As the Streetscape progresses however it appears that many drivers are having to park half on the pavement and half on the road to safely allow traffic past. The best laid plans of mice and planners?
Will those problems we've seen on the brae just be repeated further up the street? For the sake of a couple of feet and inches here and there couldn't things just have been allowed to carry on as normal?

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Gosh I know ive not lived in Nairn for a few years but i guess the high street must be really busy and the shops bustling! I mean why else would all the pavements be widened if not to accommodate the extra pedestrians!
As IF!!! What a stupid thing to do, are they trying to kill off the high street completely! less parking spaces.. narrower road.. I mean if that does not drive people sraight to inverness for shopping then i dont know what will.. OOh why not put back parking meter's might as well put the cherry on the cake!
Neil K

Brian @ MyNairn.com said...

Nairn High Street is alive and well - you can see this by the fact there are no "To Let" signs along it, unlike the centre of Inverness where some main shopping areas are lined with empty premises.

As for parking - some people have always taken it as their right to park where they want to, especially directly outside of a chippie, regardless as to road marketings. It's simply that they can't be bothered to park elsewhere, rather than a shortage of parking spaces. On an evening, there's usually room in the Somerfield car park, but heaven forbid someone shold spend 90 seconds walking with their chips to their car!!

Anonymous said...

Was on high st on Friday to get a Chinese. There was parking a plenty behind the library.
Parking is only an issue thru the day after 5pm no problem.
The problem arises when people seem to forget what they were given feet for!

Anonymous said...

Well said, Brian. At the time the picture was taken there would have been tens of dozens of empty parking spaces within two minutes walking time of the chippies etc.. But then again, it's Nairn so there needs to be something to moan about.

Anonymous said...

There is plenty of parking off the street try and walk. It is an offence to park on the pavement and in much of this area double yellow lines exist police should issue tickets or bring back the traffic warden.

Anonymous said...

If anyone had ever bothered to look at the details of the plans for the High Street, they would find there are the same amount of marked car parking spaces as before. The area infront of Frasers shop is now car parking, whereas before it was a loading bay........... a badly policed loading bay I'll grant you but still a loading bay, and I know that no Gurnites would ever dream of parking in a loading bay.......

Heaps of space of an evening in the library, Falconers Lane and supermarket car parks but obviously not for those whose descendents are destined by Darwinian theory to have their legs shrivel up to useless wee stumps, rendering them incapable of anyhthing other than a 5 yard shuffle from their pavement mounted vehicle into the Dolphin for a red pudding supper...

Duncan said...

Some Nairn drivers would drive their cars into the shops if they could! They are just lazy and selfish.