The much criticised shop front improvement fund for Nairn High street came in for renewed scrutiny in yesterday's edition of the Inverness Courier. Complaints again about the complicated hoops that shopkeepers have to jump through to get access to the 60K cash that was obtained from Sainsbury's as part of the planning agreement to allow the superstore giant into Nairn.
Steve Smith is quoted as saying someone had to take responsibility for the appalling situation in Nairn High Street.
"There is this perception that you don't have to do anything because there is a beach in Nairn. People see a busy beach in the summer and think the place is thriving, but it's not. And the problem is it doesn't seem to be anybody's role to sort it out."