High Streets dying – not in Nairn

July 31, 2009 · Filed Under shopping 

Following on from a recent post about 15% of shops expected to be empty by the end of the year, the BBC continues to report on the issue by stating that 12,000 independent shops and nearly 7,000 branches of major chains have closed so far this year in England and Wales. That’s a pretty high […]

Deveron tries to bludgeon Sandown planning permission

July 31, 2009 · Filed Under Development, Nairn 

Sad to see Deveron Homes are refusing to modify their original planning application, and instead are appealing to the Scottish Government over the rejection of planning for Sandown: Press and Journal: Developer to appeal against refusal Inverness Courier: Developer to appeal 500-home rejection Trainee journalism means both pieces serve as little more than rewrites from […]

Time to rethink Nairn’s road plan?

July 23, 2009 · Filed Under Nairn, Transport 

Work moves towards completion on the new Nairn Town and County Hospital, which aims to concentrate local health services into a new very expanded building. While it’s great to see this continued investment in Nairn, I can’t help but worry somewhat about exist road planning – how will it cope with increased traffic routed through […]

Nairn historical flood pictures

July 23, 2009 · Filed Under Weather 

The Gurn posts a series of interesting pictures covering some of the floods to have gorged the River Nairn, causing flooding, over the centuries: 1829 flood 1956 flood (here, here and here) Many thanks to everyone for sending the pictures in for the Gurn to use, and the Gurn for publishing them. As the A96 […]

Empty shops to reach 15%

July 23, 2009 · Filed Under Nairn, shopping 

According to a report at the BBC, the British Retail Consortium is expecting that 15% of shop premises will be empty by the end of the year: Empty shop premises ‘to hit 15%’ About 15% of High Street shops will be empty by the end of 2009, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) has predicted. This […]

Why we should no longer want a town centre supermarket

July 22, 2009 · Filed Under Development 

Nairn’s policy of holding onto the dream of a town centre supermarket development, has been a tragedy for Nairn. When you drive along the A96 through Nairn and see that long string of derelict buildings, note that most of these belong to Somerfield/Co-op. The reason they are still derelict is because Somerfield/Co-op still has no […]

Flu …

July 22, 2009 · Filed Under Health 

Well, travelling on holiday last month meant time in a few airports, a few flights (Inverness to Gatwick, Gatwick to Dalaman). Lots of exposure to other people. This week we’ve all come down with either a heavy cold or flu. Figured there was a chance of catching Swine Flu, but my gut intuition didn’t set […]

How the Nairnshire Show should be developing?

July 22, 2009 · Filed Under Business, Nairn 

Sad to see that the Nairnshire Show isn’t simply repeatedly it’s Auldearn location, but is also now charging £10 for adults to enter this year, plus £5 parking. We caught the Nairnshire Show in 2007, and it proved a nice way to get the family out. A simple walk to the show field, visit the […]

Sandown lands back up for sale?

July 20, 2009 · Filed Under Development, Nairn 

While looking at commercial property in Nairn, I was intrigued to find Sandown lands listed – apparently last updated 29th June 2009: 86 Acre Residential Development Site, Sandown, Nairn, IV12 5NW This property is offered for sale Last verified 29 June 2009 The Sandown lands are currently the subject of an agricultural tenancy, however, it […]

After the rain the … rain?

July 17, 2009 · Filed Under Weather 

The rains I reported on last night seem to have caused a lot of disruption around the Inverness-Nairn area, with various reports of localised flooding. The sheer intensity of rain left some drains unable to cope. The BBC actually has a lead story on the flash flooding, reporting that the A96 was closed in parts: […]


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