The Balblair Project

June 30, 2009 · Filed Under Development, Nairn, Transport 

Thanks to comments on the Gurn referring to a post on the APT blog, the discussion issue of development at Balblair has been raised. There’s little detail so far, other than a general plan of where development may take place, as can be found here: 7N Architects: Balblair With so little information provided, obviously it’s […]

Weekend News

June 29, 2009 · Filed Under Moray, Nairn 

General news from over the weekend: 1. Motorbike accident A motobike lost control on the corner of the A96 and Lochloy Road, smashing through a part of the fence around Morning Noon and Night. The rider seemed more shaken than hurt, and the smashed fencing has now been removed, with a single traffic cone in […]

Highland Council push on £60 million budget cuts

June 29, 2009 · Filed Under Politics 

Ouch – despite the apparent pain of the recent £13 million cutbacks by the Highland Council, apparently it’s now projecting that it will have to make another £60 million in cuts – with school closures a possibility: Council faces making cuts of £60m Here’s a thought – a number of major corporations have been making […]

Dolphin Superpod off Moray

June 27, 2009 · Filed Under Moray, Nature 

The BBC reports on a dolphin superpod being observed along the Moray Coast, comprised of around 400 short-beaked common dolphins. The pod doesn’t seem to be heading our way, though, instead apparently migrating towards the Pentland Firth. The dolphins were also found 10 miles off shore, so no easy spotting from land. The CRRU (Cetacean […]

Crowley at Little Theatre

June 25, 2009 · Filed Under Arts, Nairn 

A neighbour alerted me to a flyer yesterday that John Burns would be doing a one-man play on Saturday at the Little Theatre in Fishtown, exploring the life of Aleister Crowley. While Crowley was very energetic in crafting negative press to promote himself, he’s probably better thought of as the Barnum of the occult world. […]

Sainsburys: Little impact on Nairn?

June 23, 2009 · Filed Under Business, Development, Nairn 

Spelding publishes a good piece of research to the Gurn, indicating that Sainsburys is likely to have only a limited impact on the town because few retailers will be competing directly: Nearly 75% of town centre premises may not be affected by Sainsbury’s claims Spelding It’s a good and thorough piece of research, but does […]

Nairn news: in demand again!

June 19, 2009 · Filed Under Development, Nairn 

Lots of interesting news today – not least that Nairn is in demand! 1. Wild Day opens on High Street! Wild Day plan to open up their temporary shop in the old Woolworths building today. Apparently, they had aimed to open yesterday, but were unable to. Things should have settled down by the weekend, with […]

Showing no support for Somerfield

June 18, 2009 · Filed Under Development, Nairn 

A lot of recent comments on the Gurn from Nurn have suggested continuing support for the original plan of Somerfield expanding their town centre shop. The original plan for Somerfield’s town centre expansion in Nairn seems to have reached Mythic proportions – old dogs in taverns still song sad songs of how the Great Somerfield […]

Threat to Pedestrianisation of Nairn High Street?

June 17, 2009 · Filed Under Development, Nairn 

When the much needed pedestrianisation of Nairn’s high street was raised, it appears concerns from the Association of Nairn Business pushed for a solution that saw partial pedestrianisation. However, if this is anything like similar schemes across the country, we could be in for a few protests. In Inverness and now London, activists for the […]

No public consultation in A96 Corridor Plan?

June 17, 2009 · Filed Under Development 

Received a concerned email from Cathy at the APT tonight – apparently on June 23rd developers are being brought together for a “speakeasy” in Inverness in which they can discuss and mull ideas for development along the A96 corridor. However, as the APT asks, why isn’t the public being consulted on this according to what […]


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