We hear much about town centre regeneration these days and there have been no shortage of meetings in recent years where the topic has been debated. One town centre organisation however, just goes from strength to strength. The latest planning application for Nairn Sports Club includes internal changes and the addition of additional gym space. You can view the application here.
This observer was impressed also by the comments of the Chair of Auldearn Community Council Chair, Roger Milton, at a meeting recently of all the area’s Community Councils where the town centre was discussed. Roger is also a member of the Sports Club. He told those present:
“We have a Sports Club there with a quarter of a million annual turnover, we employ six people. We are like for like the best club in the
Highlands, the best sporting facilities anywhere and this has been done by an
amateur committee. Quite frankly, we understand the market. We provide
consistently the things that have been self-funded, self-generated. In the
right framework you can create a situation that brings employment back into the
town and provides a fantastic facility for local people. That can be done on a
large scale and a small scale but certainly you have to make sure that the
economics of it work.”
Interesting comments then from Roger, the community can justly be proud of the achievements of the Sports Club, it does indeed potentially demonstrate a model for any town centre regeneration projects that might go forward if plans by NICE and the Community Councils ever get off the drawing board.