Friday, December 31, 2021
Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Sunday, December 26, 2021
Friday, December 24, 2021
Nollaig Chridheil agus Bliadhna mhath ùr nuair a thig i - Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year when it comes - Have a great one Gurnshire
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Monday, December 20, 2021
Up for discussion at a recent meeting of the Highland Council were a whole host of properties that the Council are having a look at. This kind of thing goes with the name of “Redesign Board – Property Asset Rationalisation.”
One of our regular readers sent us a link to the relevant document and below is a screenshot of the information provided in the report which includes a building that many folk here will instantly recognise.
This observer wonders what will happen to the staff that work there if the building were to be eventually sold when the process eventually concludes? Would their jobs stay in Nairn? Is there room in the Courthouse for them all? Is Highland Council considering to continue with home-working after we get clear of the pandemic? It’s a magnificent building and hopefully it will have a happy future whatever the outcome.
Saturday, December 18, 2021
Thursday, December 16, 2021
Sandown - second sell-off consultation - Community Councils write joint letter outlining a wide range of concerns around the actions of Highland Council.
A copy of the joint letter from Nairn West and Suburban CC and Nairn River CC has been obtained by the Gurn - if you have been following the controversial issues surrounding the potential sale of the Sandown Lands for development then it is worth getting a cuppa or a dram and taking the following letter into account. If you are unable to enlarge the images then a copy of the letter can be read here.
The CCs talk about a "reference group" working with Highland Council. Does anyone know who makes up the membership of that reference group? Given this is the family silver we are talking about shouldn't everything be in the public domain? The Gurn is going to write to Highland Council and ask for details of the reference group and any minutes of their meetings.
Friday, December 10, 2021
Christmas trees display, raffle and charity collection in the former Big Bloomers shop on the High Street.
The collection at 47 High Street, old Big Bloomers shop, is in aid of 6 charities, Nairn Rotary, Nairn Museum, Marie Curie, Riding for the Disabled, Erskine and Keeping Nairn Colourful. There is a raffle too, which will be drawn on the 24th. Runs to 28th December, most days 11-4, except Sundays.
Wednesday, December 08, 2021
Tuesday, December 07, 2021
The felling proposal is out for consultation on the Scottish Forestry website and can be viewed here.
Below is a screenshot of the total trees they wish to fell over a period of time up to April 2026. On the application you can see comment from Nairn Dunbar and also from Scottish Forestry re restocking. Nairn River Community Council and Highland Council's Forestry officer are statutory consultees.
Nairnshire Committee Meeting 1st December 2021 - including our four Highland Councillors discussing Draft Development report.
It goes forward now for further consultation and eventually approval or otherwise by the Scottish Government. It includes 20 houses for the Showfield, 30 for Achareidh, 150 for Sandown and 250 for Nairn East. There was also discussion of a letter received by the South Nairn development consortium.
Auldearn is discussed at 33.38 minutes into the video. Nairn at 35.30 and Cawdor at 43.44. At 45 minutes in the Councillors ask questions of officials before making their decision to approve the current status of the document.
Well worth making a cuppa and having a look at what Nairn's development future might soon look like.
Council to consider support for households living in fuel poverty: 33% of households in Highland are experiencing fuel poverty compared to the national average of 24% and 22% of all households in Highland are facing extreme fuel poverty, which is nearly double the national average, at 12%."
Monday, December 06, 2021
Christmas isn't a wonderful time for everyone: "More than one in three people in Scotland find energy bills unaffordable"
NHS Highland Press Release:
NHS Highland’s Health Protection Team has identified a significant outbreak of COVID-19 linked to a music event held at the Royal British Legion in Nairn on Saturday 27th November 2021. A small number of those cases have now been identified as cases of the newly identified Omicron variant.
We are keen to provide all those that attended with advice. If you attended this event and have not yet been contacted by NHS Highland’s Health Protection Team or contact tracing team, please self-isolate immediately and contact the team on 01463 704886.
Enhanced contact tracing has been carried out in keeping with guidance for the management of a new variant. The Omicron variant is a new COVID variant which we are still learning about. Until more is known about it we need to be cautious and do everything we can to prevent spread. As such, the current isolation advice does not apply and close contacts will be asked to isolate for ten days irrespective of their vaccination status and PCR test result. Their households will also be asked to take additional action in order to try to reduce transmission within our communities.
We are working very closely with the staff at the Royal British Legion who have been supporting the outbreak investigation.
We’d like to remind everyone to follow the guidance in place to keep you and others safe -
Wear a face covering on public transport and in all indoor settings for food and retail; open windows especially if you have people visiting at home; keep washing your hands regularly and thoroughly.
Wednesday, December 01, 2021
Today will Nairn's four Highland Councillors approve changes in the Development Plan? "Now the council says in its next 10-year plan that it could allow 290 houses at Nairn East. In total, the recommended development sites in the draft council plan also include Achareidh (30), Farmers’ Showfield East (20), town centre (20) and Sandown (150)."
More information about the Development Plan meeting of the Nairnshire committee today here on the Courier website and more here on the NRCC site about the position of the Community Councils and the letter they have written to Nairn's Councillors with their concerns about the plan.
UPDATE: Very interesting debate on this topic on the Nairn our Town Facebook page here.