Saturday, June 15, 2013

Saturday Miscellany

Colour provided on the street this morning with the yearly RNLI stall. Once again a great selection of books, home baking, plants and other items. 

Thanks to Donald G for tweeting us this page of information on Nairn Cinemas – perhaps the Community Centre should be added now to any history of local picture houses. 

Over in Forres it has all kicked off over the Bogton redevelopment proposal. Moray Council granted outline planning permission to an application. The area is Common Good land and there is outrage in Forres over
Moray Council’s decision. More in the Forres Gazzette. A facebook group, “The Battle for Bogton”, has attracted 355 likes in a just over 48 hours and the intellectual infrastructure for a massive campaign against the proposal and the sale of the Common Good land is in place thanks to the social network. 

A video of the Scottish Highland League Football awards in the Newton has been posted on the SHFL TV site. The site will be showing highlights of Highland League games throughout the coming season and has been created in association with the Nairn based Thistle Channel.

One of our regular readers reports activity in the field suggested for a cemetery on Granny Barbour’s Road. The Gurn understands that some test equipment had been installed some time ago so perhaps we are coming to the end of the test period and we’ll know soon if the new cemetery can be laid out in that field?

There’s been a fair bit of comment on the article reporting debate at River CC on Wednesday night concerning the future of the old Social Work building. The building and the NICE proposals are of course all tied in to the future of the High Street and the town centre in general. Discussion in that thread has moved in that direction of the prospects for the High Street and what might happen to some shops – could they be converted into housing? The Gurn understands there were no buyers for the Social Work building NICE wish to buy for a pound when it was but on the open market by the Highland Council. Another building in the town centre, Barron House, goes up for auction again on the 26th of June, this time in Edinburgh.  

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