Around 9 hours from publishing this post the Nairn towncentre Charrette will meet to form an action plan for the development of the town centre but is everyone actually certain of what the parameters of the charrette will be? More details about the charrette here.
Dick Youngson speaking at the joint West and Suburban Community Council meeting in the Academey earlier tonight said: “We haven’t yet agreed perhaps on the area of the town that the charrette area should be. Whether we are limiting ourselves to the area Leopold Street down to Gordon Street or whether it is going to be a much larger town centre area. There’s no point in deciding or discussing what’s happening within the immediate centre of the town without actually discussing the ramifications of development on the much wider area. Personally I would like to see it extended much more and our discussion can be quite frank and open. It really takes in everything, the development around Fishertown, the harbour, the river, the whole remit.”
Secretery of the Westies Brian Stewart then said a few words on this topic: “I don’t know how many people have actually seen the publicity that the Highland Council and the convenors put out. They do seem to be drawing the boundaries, or at least, they are not defining the boundaries very precisely but they are keeping the scope of the discussion pretty wide. They’ve invited ideas across the board on pretty much all aspects of what Nairn is and what Nairn does and what it should be and how it can be improved so I don’t think there will be difficulty in haggling over boundaries or how far this will range. [...] My greater concern is whether they throw a party and nobody comes. It’s two days and it’s two long full days from 9.15 in the morning to 7 at night and I do slightly worry that people will show up and then disappear or will...I hope I’m wrong about it.”