Deveron goes on the charm offensive

January 30, 2009 · Filed Under Development, Nairn 

Deveron are pushing on the charm offensive to woo Nairn residents with their revised plans for Sandown, mobilising their Public Relations company, InvictaPA, into a mass leaflet drop across the town. The leaflet seeks to assure residents that this is a multi-million investment that will deliver hundreds of jobs, provide energy-saving homes in a new […]

New Retirement Village needs affordable housing?

January 29, 2009 · Filed Under Development, Nairn 

The P&J reports on problems Morton Retirement Living is having in setting up a retirement village, which in scope sounds initially similar to the Firhall Village development on the Cawdor road: Nairn awaits decision on housing A Highland community is awaiting the verdict of a test case in which a businessman hopes for special dispensation […]

MSP’s put pressure on roads timetable…

January 29, 2009 · Filed Under Transport 

…but for the most part it just looks like political posturing. From the P&J: Give us your timetable for transport – MSPs Opposition MSPs are today putting pressure on the Scottish Government to unveil a robust timetable for major transport improvements planned for the north and north-east. They want ministers to outline how much it […]

Iain Fairweather leads charge for change

January 29, 2009 · Filed Under Development, Nairn 

I wasn’t able to attend last night’s Ward Forum, but it sounds like Iain Fairweather has delivered a rallying call for change in Nairn, leading the charge for change. As the Gurn points out: The Gurn has reckoned for some time that a groundswell is building against the Highland Council in Nairn. Tonight that discomfort […]

Sandown: the farce continues

January 28, 2009 · Filed Under Development, Nairn 

The Press and Journal publishes a public relations exercise on the Sandown development by Deveron Homes, in which the company waxes lyrically about their “improved plans” for the Sandown development. Luckily the Gurn covers the strong objection through the Suburban Council and posts a copy of the revised plan for view. The underlying problem is […]

Sainsburys still on for Nairn

January 27, 2009 · Filed Under Development, Inverness, Nairn, Transport 

An article at the P&J has Sainsburys committing itself to the planned and delayed development at Nairn in front of the Scottish government: Sainsbury’s set to go to public inquiry to win Nairn site Sainsbury’s has confirmed to the Scottish Government’s planning directorate that it remains committed to a proposed new food store for Nairn. […]

Elgin swimming baths also closed

January 26, 2009 · Filed Under Nairn 

My eldest daughter wanted to take a couple of friends to the swimming baths as a birthday treat. Originally we were going to go to Inverness Aquadome, but that’s still closed after the fire. Someone suggested we consider the swimming baths at Elgin – we’ve never been, but it sounded like a treat. However, an […]

Woolies takes down High Street?

January 26, 2009 · Filed Under Development, Nairn 

An interesting conversation the other day with someone running a shop on the High Street suggested that shoppers are deserting the High Street since Woolworths closed. The suggestion was that some of their lines were similar to some of Woolworths, so that when woolies closed, they expected the shoppers to come to them instead. No […]

New Nairn Photos: Nairnbairn and Nairnshire pool

January 21, 2009 · Filed Under Nairn 

Just noticed someone called “nairnbairn” has uploaded a number of fascinating photos of Nairn over the cold spell at New Year to Flickr: nairnbairn’s photostream Definitely worth a look at – though whether these are from the popular blog commentator of the same name, I’m not sure, yet. In the meantime, nairnbairn appears to have […]

Tesco gets own freight train to Inverness

January 20, 2009 · Filed Under Inverness 

Inverness has long carried the alternative title of “Tesco Town” but there’s something almost surreal about the news that Tesco is going to have its own dedicated freight service to Inverness: Freight service to cut congestion Stobart Rail, in partnership with Tesco, has launched the six-days a week service with its share of £3m funding […]


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