Nairn's in the running for the magazine Urban Realm's Plook on the Plinth award then according to the Narinshire. We're in the shortlist to become officially "Scotland's most dismal town." The nominations have received some comments but there are also attacks on the way the competition operates. One comment posted reads:
"I agree with Urban Realm that nominations should not be censored but surely there should be some due diligence to check that the nominations are based on facts and fair judgement before they are announced as a shortlist. A shortlist assumes that the nominations have been assessed on their merits so the fact that the areas have not even been visited by the judging panel to check accuracy is incredibly worrying. There are some glaring errors in the factual accuracy of these nominations as AyrMan has highlighted and, in the Nairn example, a clear NIMBY/ Anti-Affordable Housing lobby which is hijacking a real opportunity to highlight some poor planning decisions. The credibility of those spearheading these awards is questionable as a result of this lack of due diligence."
There is support for of the Nairn submission however. "Janice and Roddy" state:
"Oh how I agree with the nairnbairn!
Having first come to Nairn as an impressionable 10 year old on holiday, I was instantly besotted and my goal in life very quickly became "to live here forever". I finally achieved my lifelong ambition in 1982.
It now saddens me greatly to feel over these years that my love affair with Nairn has turned sour due to many of the reasons stated by the nairnbairn.
Come on the powers that be, open your eyes and see the nairnbairn as a modern day Doctor Grigor....reinstate Nairn to its former glory and give us back a beautiful town to be proud of once more! "
Go to this page and scroll down the comments to see more. The award attracts considerable press interest and undoubtedly there will be those that await the final decision with trepidation while others will point the finger (with some justification this observer believes) at Highland Council's town centre policy over recent years as the cause of our misfortune. Yes parts of the town centre are a disgrace but this observer certainly feels that we don't live in the most dismal town in Scotland. Nairnbairn warns that we are heading that way however and there he will find many like-minded souls who fear what the Highland wide Development Plan might bring in the years to come.
Iain Bain attacks the nomination in his editorial this week too and suggests: "One analysis of Nairnbairn's nomination is that its broadbrush approach makes points that are unsustainable and also reveals a snob at heart."