Dick Youngson chaired a meeting of all the Nairnshire CCs plus Croy in the Community and Arts Centre tonight (Weds 16th Oct). Planning issues and how the Nairnshire Community responds to them again dominated the proceedings. Here at the Gurn we hope to give you a flavour of what was said in articles that will be published over the next few days.
After a preamble outlining what was planned for the meeting Dick began with the first item on the agenda, the IMFLDP:
“I hand over the Inner Moray Firth Local Development to the floor because it’s not exactly what we want on this area. It is something which is unnecessary, over the top perhaps and we haven’t had a debate about it yet at our community council. Has anybody got any strong criticisms of it or what direction should we go?
Graham Kerr of the Westies was the first to respond: “Yes there’s several patches that affect Nairn. Lochloy, the final stage of Lochloy with 200 houses. Now that development has not taken along with it the infrastructure and the improvements that are supposed to be happening whilst the other areas were being developed. Before they can say, right we are going to go ahead with these other 200 houses, the Council needs to tell us how they propose to catch up with these infrastructure elements that should have been delivered by the previous 400 houses. That one is ongoing, that one will continue to be ongoing and we want to get our voice in there and say what’s happening, you’ve lost control of it. how are you going to get control back of it?
The next one is beyond Lochloy, another 90 houses have appeared on the list there. Now this is something that came out of the blue, there was always word of some small development there but 90 houses have now appeared. There’s been no mention of any infrastructural improvements. Lochloy Road really needs something done to it but as I see it the plan there is to take the Lochloy developments right to the boundary of that plot and connect it there. So there will be no improvement for
“No word of a link over the railway or under the railway to the A96?” asked Dick Youngson.
“No word of that,” continued Graham Kerr. “We should be asking the planners to come and speak to us and say they how they are going to address this before they even consider giving these things approval.”
Graham then moved onto the subject of Nairn South: “My feeling is we should be asking the Highland Council to show us the two reports that said the road could cope,” he said.
More from the joint meeting of the Nairnshire Community Councils as soon as time permits.