Thursday, January 20, 2022
Apple tree planting at Ashers Bakery on Balmakeith industrial estate - pictures from Alex Williamson
For details of a Zoom meeting about further fruit tree plantings in Nairn please head to this Gurn page here. A fruity Nairn - let's make it happen!
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Monday, January 17, 2022
Breaking - Michael Green to put his hat in the ring for the Highland Council elections on Thursday May 5th.
|Michael Green (right) speaking to then MSP Andy Wightman outside the Scottish Parliament in May 2017 when quite a few local folk made the trek down to Holyrood to lobby against ship-to-ship oil transfers in the Moray Firth. |
The Gurn understands Michael will be standing.
Saturday, January 15, 2022
One of our regular readers, a trained aborist, has contacted one of our Highland councillors about this rootplate in the Tradespark wood next to the A96 which he feels could be dangerous to children. He tells us that the rootplate is safer totally detached from the tree.
FOI request has indicated that charges for grass cutting of Common Good spaces in Nairn in 2020/21 totalled £40,855. "It is understood no other Common Good Funds in the Highlands have been charged for similar services"."
Friday, January 14, 2022
Thursday, January 13, 2022
520 houses at South Nairn - Highland Council response to screening application doesn't look encouraging for the developer
The South Nairn latest information (from October) seems to have passed a lot of folk by so here is what is to be found on the Highland Council website.
A Highland Council response to the screening application reads:
"Screening Opinion It is considered that Environmental Impact Assessment IS required for the development described in the letter and information accompanying your screening request."
The document goes on to say: " The rationale behind this screening opinion is as follows:
1. The proposal does not constitute Schedule 1 development under the 2017 Regulations; but 2. The proposal does fall within the definition of 'Schedule
2 development' (Regulation 2 - Interpretation), in that the proposal is an urban development project (Schedule 2 (10)(b) where the area of the site exceeds 0.5ha) and, having screened it against the selection criteria outlined in Schedule 3 (including size and design of the development, cumulative impact, pollution, risk of major accidents, impact on natural resources/the natural environment and environmental quality), the potential impact on the receiving environment is considered to be significant"
Potential Significant Effects on the Receiving Environment
• Other Characteristics: traffic impacts (during construction and operation of the development), by virtue of the scale of the development, its location and its cumulative impact in association with other built development in the locality, notably on the local road network at the railway line underpass on the B9090 linking with A96 and the town centre. Whilst a pedestrian / cycle rail line overbridge is proposed to link with Nairn Academy Secondary School, this is unlikely to serve the needs of primary school aged children with the site falling within the Millbank Primacy School catchment. The proposed bridge would also not be on the desire line for waking or cycling to and from the town centre, with the development likely to result in increased footfall through the underpass which serves adjacent industrial land uses. Deficiencies in the transport network are also highlighted in the site’s allocation (IN8: Nairn South) within the adopted Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan;
• Pollution: noise and air quality impacts (during occupation of the development) associated with established and allocated industrial land uses, notably the adjacent sawmill; and
• Other: TBC through EIA Scoping
Next Steps: Scoping Opinion You are required to prepare an Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIA Report) and submit this alongside any future planning application. We are unable to approve a planning application for EIA development where an EIA Report has not been submitted.
Guidance on what should be included within an EIAR can be found in Schedule 4 of the 2017 Regulations and will be informed through any requested EIA Scoping Response."
The full document can be seen on the Highland Council e-planning pages here:
The case for delivery of the A96 dualling has again been reinforced with the tragic event yesterday at Auldearn says former Council transport officer
Richard Gerring told the Gurn:
The BBC site reports: "Police Scotland has appealed for information about the crash, particularly from those who may have seen either vehicle beforehand.
Sgt Ewan Calder said: "At this time, our thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased, following their tragic loss.
"As we continue our inquiries, we'd ask anyone with information or any potential dashcam footage to please come forward." " More here.