Urban Realm sent someone to come and have a look at our carbuncular potential. Looks like the architect Mark Chalmers can't see what the fuss is all about in fact he doesn't seem to think we have a problem. Sorry Nairnbairn your anon nomination looks as though it is a big loser this time round because reading between the lines it looks like we are not a serious contender for the award.
"Perhaps the underlying concern which prompted the town’s nomination is a fear for the future: the threat of housing developments on the town’s edge. That unease often manifests itself in a series of ciphers – the call for lower speed limits really means cutting out non-resident traffic; higher quality development translates into exclusivity; and conservation equates to preservation of the status quo. After all, the current population has a vested interest in maintaining quiet roads, uninterrupted views, property prices and manageable school rolls."
Mmmm, Mr Chalmers does have a strong opinion or two doesn't he? More here on "Nairn at the Carbuncles, 2011". Nice pictures and interesting observations from the visitor Mark Chalmers.