Lidl are holding a consultation in the Community Centre tomorrow Friday 26th 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. where they will display their plans for the proposed store at Balmakeith on the site beside Sainsbury's.
In 2009 many Nairnites rallied behind River Community Council's call to support the Sainsbury's application. The subsequent public inquiry ruled in favour of the Sainsbury's application and then of course came the traffic lights. That aside it does seem likely to this observer that many local people will back Lidl too in the same way they rallied round the Sainsbury's application.
Many of the arguments that were deployed then will no doubt surface again from those that wish to see more shopping choice in Nairn. Jobs would be created, Nairn shoppers that travel to Forres or Inverness to shop at Lidl would only have to go the shorter distance to Balmakeith - less vehicle emissions, cars on the road etc.
On the down side there are fears again for existing businesses on the High Street especially in view of concerns that non-food stores might accompany Lidl into a new development. The consultation is the precursor to a full planning application being submitted to Highland Council and there will be opportunities to comment on that when it appears too. In the meantime it will be worthwhile going over tomorrow and having a look at what is proposed. At the end of the day will it all come down to a numbers game again though as in template for public support expressed for Sainsbury's in 2009?