Councillors delay Sainsburys – incompetence?

February 27, 2010 · Filed Under Development, Politics 

The Highland Council is reportedly delaying the development of the new Sainsburys, first through not serving legal documents on time, and then trying to decide how to use the £250k regeneration money that comes with the successful application. More at the P&J: Sainsbury’s payout holds up work If the Highland Council were a private company, […]

Charlie Chaplin walk in Nairn?

February 26, 2010 · Filed Under Nairn, Tourist 

The fact that Charlie Chaplin used to holiday regularly in Nairn is not well known outside of the town, but I know some people have been pushing hard to get something done. Now Ardersier author John Oliver is pushing to get a walk instated – though with a projected “couple of statues” with a cost […]

Lochloy traffic lights out – again!

February 26, 2010 · Filed Under Nairn, Roads 

Traffic lights at Lochloy Road are out again. Looks like we had a power cut last night, but all the other traffic lights seem to be working fine. Not sure what the excuse will be this time? Too cold for signals? UPDATE: As of 1pm they are working again. For the time being.

A9 closed in Central Scotland

February 25, 2010 · Filed Under Roads, Transport, Weather 

Central Scotland and Aberdeen seem to be taking the brunt of the bad weather at present, with the A9 closed in Perthshire and Hundreds stuck in snow on A9 in Perthshire according to the BBC: Hundreds of motorists are stuck on the A9 in Perthshire by heavy snow and fallen electricity lines, police said. The […]

Highlands: elitist about Gaelic?

February 22, 2010 · Filed Under Education, Politics 

It’s over a month ago that concerns were raised within the Highland Council about the amount of money being spent on Gaelic. A big issue seems to be how the Highland Council and Scottish government co-ordinate – according to last years budget report, of the £600+ million spending, £500 million of that was provided by […]

Nairn craft skills under spotlight

February 13, 2010 · Filed Under Arts, Nairn 

Melanie Muir is featured in Craft & Design magazine, and is highlighted as one of only 5 people from the Highlands area forwarded for an award from Hi Arts. It’s always nice to see a positive story Nairn, not least when they reveal the richness of skills and expressions within the town, that could be […]

Alchemy submits plans for new data centre

February 13, 2010 · Filed Under Business, Inverness, Nairn 

Alchemy have formally submitted plans for a new data centre by the harbour in Inverness. If this plan actually goes ahead, the benefits to small IT business should not be under-estimated – there is a huge cottage industry in reselling space in data centres, either through the direct co-location of servers, or even the reselling […]

Nairn Golf Club takes over Sandown

February 13, 2010 · Filed Under Development, Nairn 

That’s according to Google Maps, which now has Nairn Golf Club taking up the Sandown lands. Still no high resolution satellite view of the town yet – though we’re the only part of the area not yet covered, with Ardersier, Forres, and south Nairnshire all covered. Perhaps when the satellite image is updated to hi-res, […]

Black Isle vs Tulloch Homes

February 11, 2010 · Filed Under Development 

Two contrasting stories about property development on the BBC website over this week. The first, Fortrose fights a Tulloch Homes development by the town, arguing that it gives no consideration to the character of the village (a seemingly similar sentiment was raised about Sandown here). Meanwhile, the village of Gearranan on the Isle of Lewis […]

Newsbleat – back to life

February 9, 2010 · Filed Under Internet 

Well, we were left hanging for months as Newsbleat stopped blogging, but good to see it back in action after a winter hiatus. Observant, cutting, dry, and light, it’s a good to see it returning to the local blogosphere. News Bleat (Now if we can only get it to move over to a platform with […]


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