Sunday, September 27, 2020

Restore the Coronation Draught Board presented by Provost John Mackay 1937?

One of our regular readers sends us an image of the Draught Board down at the Links games area and  suggests that a clean up and thorough restoration by the authorities is long over due.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Fergus faces selection battle to stand again as SNP candidate in next year's Holyrood elections

The National reports: "Shirley-Anne Somerville and Fergus Ewing are both facing selection battles after party activists forced a contest."  More here.

All SNP members who are currently registered with branches in Fergus's Inverness and Nairn constituency will have the opportunity to back him or any challenger(s) in a ballot. 

Flashback to 2016 and a confident looking Fergus Ewing campaigning on Nairn High Street in the spring sunshine. 


Wednesday, September 23, 2020

King Street application breaks the Internet!

One of our correspondents tells us it didn't go ahead. Here's what they say on the Highland Council webcast page:

"South Planning Applications Committee - 22 September 2020 - CANCELLED DUE TO TECHNCAL DIFFICULTIES, NEW DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED"

More time for those for and against to continue articulating their points of view?

Monday, September 21, 2020

King Street - Controversial planning application to be discussed tomorrow (22nd September) - NICE iterim survey results submitted to planners

 A 43 page document is presented on the agenda of the Highland Council South planning committee tomorrow at Glenurquhart Road. You can download a copy of it here (item 6.3).

There is a huge file of objection and support comments here on the e-planning file including a latest comment from Joan Noble re parking matters and also the results of the NICE survey.

Below is a screenshot of the interim results. Michael Barnett of NICE tells the planners that the full survey and analysis will shortly be published.

It will be interesting to see the level of debate tomorrow and the decision on a controversy that has been raging for a considerable time now. As we suggest we recommend that readers that have the time have a read of the comments for and against. 

Here at the Gurn we read with considerable interest this document submitted by Joan Noble that outlines her criticism of how Highland Council feel the development will affect the parking situation in Nairn and her considerable concern on how the loss of spaces will impact on the town centre.

And so tomorrow and a decision awaits - there will probably be a few folk in Nairn tuning in to the webcast from Glenurquhart Road tomorrow. 

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Oor Liz quits SNP group on Highland Council for new group " Independents for Independence".

The Inverness Courier reports:

"Councillors Ron MacWilliam (Inverness Ness-side) and Kirsteen Currie (North, West and Central Sutherland) – both known as vocal champions of their wards – had been suspended during the lockdown but tonight they were reinstated.

The move did not go down well with everyone and co-leader Maxine Smith (Cromarty Firth) resigned along with Pauline Munro (Cromarty Firth) and Liz MacDonald (Nairn and Cawdor) to form their own group Independents for Independence."

Nairn M&Co store building up for auction with 7 other stores reports: "Eight stores from Glasgow-based retailer M&Co's portfolio are to be sold in an online auction next week."  Although a sign on the outside of the shop advertising the auction says "Business not affected".

"The properties are in High Street in Nairn, Rotterdam Street in Thurso, Dockhead Street in Saltcoats, High Street in Wick, High Street in Hawick, Main Street in Wishaw, Channel Street in Galashiels and Dalrymple Street in Girvan."

 Tuilleadh an seo - more here 

Three phone boxes set to go in Nairn - one objection received

Details on this Highland Council page. The objection to the removal of one of the boxes at "Fraser Park" states: 

"1 objection received, citing importance to school children and motorists on A82. Removal would exacerbate risks to public safety in the event of an emergency as well as deprivation for local residents without access to mobile phones."

 More details here, the consultation is still ongoing and will close on the 10th of October. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Nairn Town Centre Plan - Interesting comments stacking up on the NICE survey page

The controversial King Street development is making headlines in the Nairnshire Telegraph this week and the editorial in the paper centres on the ongoing arguments for and against the development. 

Anyway if you have any thoughts about what is best for the town centre then this survey page over on the NICE website may be of interest to you and also the comments entered below it.

Hands on for clocking on

Hands went back on the final empty face of the Courthouse clock tower this morning. 

Saturday, September 12, 2020

A new chapter in Nairn's retail history

 The Home Bargains store is open at Balmakeith. Definitely more choice for consumers in the town now and this is the type of store that people travel out of town to visit, jobs have been created too. There are worries however of potential impact on the High Street. 

Update: been up this evening and that was a very good experience. Bargains yes, well worth a look and traffic light entry system if things get too busy. Verdict - will be back.

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Parking charges for the Harbour, the Maggot, Cumming Street/Links areas back on the Agenda - NRCC asking public questions about how to proceed with Highland Council proposals for Tourist Welcome

Nairn River Community Council state on their website that during a recent online meeting between the town's two Community Councils and 3 of the town's Highland Councillors it emerged that : 

"At this meeting Highland Council representatives presented the following priority areas for discussion. 


River CC have posted additional information re this and other issues and are asking a number of questions, including the following on Parking:


Saturday, September 05, 2020

Community Council request planning committee site visit for controversial King Street application

"In early August, and again today, Nairn River Community Council as Statutory Consultee, requested that Planning Officers  arrange a 'site visit' for members of the South Planning Application Committee to give them an opportunity to see for themselves how this proposed, newbuild would impact on Nairn's Town Centre and the existing local Masterplan, before they make their decision." 

More on the Nairn River CC site here.

Friday, September 04, 2020

Nairn County delighted with uptake of new Club 1914 loyalty scheme for fans

 The Wee County social media page states

***CLUB 1914 - 50 MEMBERS***

Our new supporters' loyalty scheme, Club 1914 launched on Tuesday and we are absolutely delighted to report that within 24 hours of the launch, we have 50 members signed up.

Club 1914 rewards supporters for their loyalty with a number of members only benefits and payment milestone gifts. Members receive merchandise discounts, advanced option to purchase new shirts before general sale, breaking news notifications and free exclusive pin badges, hats, scarves and shirts after reaching each payment milestone.

For more details and to join, click on the link below:

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Nairn County have launched a new supporters’ loyalty scheme to reward fans for their backing

Nairn County have launched a new supporters’ loyalty scheme to reward fans for their backing. 

Club 1914 named after the year the football club was founded gives supporters all over the world the chance to make direct contributions to the running of Nairn County and in return, they will be rewarded each time they reach a payment milestone as well as receiving exclusive members’ benefits. 

The idea is the brainchild of County committee member and former full back, Ali Nicol. 

Ali said: “We wanted to come up with something which rewarded fans not only locally but from far and wide as well for their support of the club. We feel that the membership benefits and payment milestones offered to Club 1914 members does that. 

“It gives fans the chance not only to help the club out but to get closer to the club than ever before.

 “We realise that the supporters have been fantastic for us, particularly over the last few years and we wanted to reward that loyalty along the way.

 “It is really quick and easy to sign up to Club 1914 and supporters can contribute as little or as much as they are comfortable with and still take advantage of all the members benefits.

 “The funds raised go directly into helping the club with strengthening the playing squad and improving the facilities around Station Park, so we hope that fans feel their contributions are being put to good use.

All members of Club 1914 receive free entry to Nairn County home friendly fixtures, 20% off club merchandise, advanced option to purchase new kits before general sale, breaking news notifications direct by email and free entry to quarterly prize draw

.As well as this, once members reach payment milestones of £50, £100, £300, £500 and £750 they will receive a free Club 1914 pin badge, woolly hat, scarf, unique Nairn County shirt and match day hospitality pass for two people respectively. 

For full details and to join, visit

Club 1914 is the new supporters’ membership scheme from Nairn County where fans can contribute directly to the club and earn rewards along the way.

An exciting new initiative from  the Wee County

What is Club 1914?

"The Nairn County fanbase stretches the world over and we are all in it together – supporter, player and the football club.

Club 1914 is a fresh initiative which allows supporters to show their loyalty to Nairn County no matter where you are in the world and we believe that your loyalty should be rewarded.

Fans now have the opportunity to get closer to their club than ever before and receive a number of members only benefits along the way."

 More information here on the Nairn County site.