Highland ePlanning online

August 24, 2009 · Filed Under Development, Nairn 

The Highland Council’s ePlanning service is now online, which allows for planning applications to be filed directly over the internet: Highland Council ePlanning There is also a searchable database of planning applications, and accompanying notes and comments – here’s the monthly list (use your browser Edit > Find function to search for “Nairn” for applications […]

Nairn blogs round-up

August 24, 2009 · Filed Under Nairn 

Today is a sunny day – looks like we could be developing the traditional end of August heatwave. Perhaps now that Nairn’s beaches are getting attention in the press some people may be tempted to enjoy them at their best – in the sun. Some interest posts around the local blogs at present: 1. Troubled […]

OS map story media coverage

August 22, 2009 · Filed Under Nairn 

Coverage of the Ordnance Survey error enters the media today – the BBC and Press and Journal already have it online, and I’m expecting the Inverness Courier to do so later. Moray Firth Radio also woke me up for a short radio interview this morning. ADDED: BBC local radio recorded a short interview on Sunday […]

Delnies development plans up for change?

August 19, 2009 · Filed Under Development, Nairn 

The Inverness Courier reports that Cawdor Estates has revised plans for the Delnies development west of Nairn – and adjacent to the Sandown lands. Further information on the Cawdor website point out changes to the proposed new golf course and access roads. I can’t find a copy of the plan at present, but details will […]

Frogs return to Lochloy quarry

August 17, 2009 · Filed Under Nature 

I found the quarry ponds on Lochloy Road the summer after moving in, and they were filled with frogspawn. I love amphibians, having kept ponds on and off since childhood to create living space for frogs, toads, and newts. I was building a pond in the front garden at the time, and in finding the […]

Ordnance Survey misrepresenting Nairn?

August 17, 2009 · Filed Under Nairn, Tourist 

Is Ordnance Survey misrepresenting Nairn? I’m beginning to suspect so. I’ve looked at the OS map of Nairn previously and noticed that there is no real beach marked for the town – merely “mud and sand”. However, while at a relative’s the other day and looking through their roadmap, I noticed that Nairn was not […]

Falcons for Nairn?

August 15, 2009 · Filed Under Nature 

The BBC reports the Highland Council may look to copy a scheme used in Dumfries for tackling aggressive seagulls – which in part includes bringing in falcons to prey on them. More here: Seagulls scheme could be copied Information on the Dunfries scheme here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/south_of_scotland/8043904.stm

Danny Alexander challenges Scotrail fares

August 14, 2009 · Filed Under Transport 

Danny Alexander is reported by the Inverness Courier to be challenging Scotrail over existing fares – and makes for interesting reading: Demand for action over ‘absurd’ rail fare structure Advance single tickets are only available ahead of the day of travel and are priced at £7.50 for a journey from Inverness to Aberdeen. The same […]

Happy Birthday Swan Island!

August 12, 2009 · Filed Under Nairn, Nature 

Jay is celebrating Swan Island reaching its second birthday this week! I’ve got to admit, I hadn’t even realised it had been carefully constructed – seeing the river has various shallows and grassy banks, I just assumed it had developed naturally. The fact that it was specially constructed and developed specifically for nesting, not least […]

Moray Firth infrastructure problems continue

August 12, 2009 · Filed Under Development, Inverness, Moray, Nairn 

Sewage problems at the River Nairn appear to be addressed now, according to the Gurn (on its new domain!). However, the BBC reports that Inverness has also suffered a serious blockage (though claims no raw sewage was discharged). Comments at Simply Swans suggest Forres has its own sewage issue as well. It would be interesting […]

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