An article today in the P&J states that there is a split within Nairn's business community over the bus station plan for flats and a supermarket. However closer examination of the article reveals that this so called "split" is in fact a difference of opinion between David Brownless of the Association of Nairn businesses and Stewart Nicol, chief executive of Inverness Chamber of Commerce which includes Nairn it seems.
Stewart Nicoll welcomes the proposal and is quoted in the article: "It will add to the development of Nairn town centre which is great for the economy and will give residents in the area choice of where to shop."
David Brownless has some doubts however, and has told the P&J: "Nairn deserves better than the erection of a building that is better suited to a business park on the outskirts of Milton Keynes."
There's more in today's P&J for serious students of the subject. Inverness Chamber of commerce may include Nairn but if Mr Nicoll supports this project he'd probably be better remaining silent because this observer suspects anyone based in Inverness telling Nairnites what is good for them will have a negative effect on perceptions of the value of this development in the collective Nairn psyche.
Well that's what the business gadgies think of it Gurnites. There are of course thousands of people in Nairn that are not business people and their views are just as important. Why not get along to the River Community Council meeting on Tuesday evening at 19.30 in the Community Centre and state your views. You can see the plans for the bus station here, Click on the documents tab once you get there.