Friday, September 21, 2012

Bus Station Flats proposal - the site visit looms - Tuesday 25th about 09.30

Next Tuesday the Highland Council planning committee will get on a bus and get off at the nearest thing we have to a bus station. They will then have a look at the site of the proposed 16 flats at the now derelict bus station garage.

A meeting of the South Planning Applications Committee will take place in the Council Chamber, Council Headquarters, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness on Tuesday 25 September 2012 at 9.00 am.
"9.00 am Transport departs the Council HQ, Inverness to transport Members to Former Bus Station, King Street, Nairn for a site visit in respect of Item 5.1"

Above is the minute sent to us by an observant Gurnite. At the West Meeting on Tuesday night Rosemary called for all those opposed to this development to attend the site visit if possible. Regular readers will know that River CC support the proposal and West object. Interestingly the Bus Station area will feature in the NICE business plan which will be revealed next month. 

Regardless of the outcome or feelings about the application, it seems foolish that the committee will go back to Inverness to make their decision. We could have the debate in the Courthouse so that all those interested could listen to it without having to travel to Inverness or installing the relevant software onto their PCs, laptops or tablets so as to listen to the deabate/webcast. This observer is thinking of making a banner with the words: "This decision needs to be taken in Nairn!" Is anyone else going to the gig?

UPDATE: West CC did ask for the meeting to be held in Nairn and wrote to South Planning Chairman Jimmy Grey requesting this. Copy of this letter here.   A West source told the Gurn that they had not even had an acknowledgement never mind a reply to this letter.


APTSec said...

Hi Gurn

Re your comment on listening via webcast.

It may interest readers to know that when I was trying to watch the webcast of the PED meeting on Wednesday it was paused at the stage just after a vote on the 'New Town' item and then rejoined at the start of the next agenda item. The information must have been in the public domain because the details of the vote soon appeared on the BBC web site. I am not sure how the electronic experience matches up to the 'being there.

Graisg said...

@ The Chair of River CC once reported a similar incident to me whilst watching a podcast of a planning meeting.

I have watched one or two but having to install software to do so was annoying and time-consuming and lots of people just don't like doing that.

Anonymous said...

Seems to me this is an opportunity to develop good quality homes and remove a real eyesore but one community council is opposed to this in the usual stock response. This proposal will not only enable young people to remain within Nairn (which in turn ensures shops, restaurants and schools continue to thrive)but enabling development here would also improve the image of the town for those passing through on the A96. After the missed opportunity to do something positive on the other side of the road which was again scuppered by negative community council input lets hope the voice of this NIMBY community council is not taken to speak for everyone in Nairn. Some of us do want the town to thrive and have a viable future long term but have we ever been consulted by the community council? I think not.

Anonymous said...

Finally, it's been needed for a long time