At the recent re-launch of the Nairnscotland.co.uk website it was mentioned that the coastal path between Nairn and Inverness remains on the Nairn Economic Initiative’s wish list but it is not a high priority. Maybe it is considered a bit too ambitious in the current economic climate and the lack of a specific individual to take it forward was mentioned too.
Why we at the Gurn think it would be of great benefit to the town if this “missing link” footpath could become a reality was outlined in an article back in February of 2015 entitled: “The “missing link” coastal path between Inverness and Nairn – Highland Council accused of no action over last 18 months - a project with potential economic benefits going nowhere?”
We don’t want to have a pop at the Nairn Economic Initiative folk though, they are working hard on many fronts and can’t do everything. A line apparently exists for the Nairn-Inverness footpath however and thus, perhaps it is our Highland Councillors who should have kicked a few backsides to make it happen in the recent past when money was still around. But hang on a second one of our regular readers sends us a link to information that demonstrates that there is still money out there for paths if you get your action plans or bids or whatever right. Our correspondent tells us:
“Crianlarich (population 200) creates a £200k local path network and picnic area as a project organised by their local Community Development Trust and funded by the Big Lottery and the Forestry Commission. If they can do it, can Nairn (population 10,000 and with not one, not two but at least three community development groups - NICE, NEI and River Enterprise) do something similar?”
So how did this come about? Over to a site called “Nick Wright Planning”, he states:
“Crianlarich is an inspiration for other communities who are thinking of putting the Community Empowerment Act into action. Everybody involved should be justifiably proud of the transformation that they’re delivering in Crianlarich. But remember – behind those smiling faces last Friday was a lot of hard volunteer work. “ You can read the full article by Nick Wright here.
The Gurn understands that some NEI folk are going to visit one or two communities that have been successful in getting larger scale initiatives off the ground. Maybe they should drop by Crianlaich too – Crianlarich gets £200K with 200 people in their community, just how much should we be due pro rata?