Access blocked to Culbin?

October 10, 2012 · Filed Under Nairn, Nature, Politics, Roads 

Someone’s made an effort to put up a “Private Road: No vehicle access” sign at Kingsteps, on the small road that leads to the Culbin car park. The surprise is that anyone is claiming the right to block access to a site served by the Forestry Commission and Highland Council. Perhaps if whoever put it […]

Giant Hogweed

July 9, 2012 · Filed Under Nairn, Nature, Politics 

Looks like Giant Hogweed is spreading in Nairn – the picture above is from some of the two dozen plants growing by the old quarry/woodlands between Lochloy Road and the flats at Old Bar Road. It really is a very distinctive plant – the photo doesn’t show so well, but the ones in the photo […]

Highland Council credit card spending revealed

May 28, 2011 · Filed Under Politics 

The Telegraph launches a crusade against council spending, after requesting details of credit card payments over £500 from each council: An investigation by The Daily Telegraph has uncovered details of apparently questionable spending decisions by councillors and local government officials, with more than £2 million spent on travel over the last three years, including flights […]

New fortnightly rubbish collection

May 20, 2011 · Filed Under Nairn, Politics 

Responsible recycling drive, or flytippers charter? From July 4th, normal household rubbish collection will be reduced from weekly to fortnightly, while new big blue wheelie bins will be provided for paper, plastic, tins and cans. Still no glass recycling in the Highlands I see. While no doubt it will force some people to push more […]

SNP landslide in Scotland

May 6, 2011 · Filed Under Nairn, Politics 

It’s turning into a landslide for the SNP in Scotland, with the party looking like it’ll be able to form a majority government in Holyrood. Our own Fergus Ewing took a 51.5% majority for the Constituency of Inverness & Nairn, with a swing of over 10% – something the Gurn predicted with it’s own polls. […]

DST changes debate

February 24, 2011 · Filed Under Politics 

The BBC reports on some of the pros and cons of Britain no longer using Daylight Saving Time. Key points it raises is that farmers are not particularly concerned about whether we use DST or not, and that accidents actually lowered on previous experiments – a rise in the morning, but more than offset by […]

Grumpy Northerners

February 17, 2011 · Filed Under Politics 

Surely it’s not suggesting that the only two councils in the UK not allowing staff off work for the royal wedding are Scotland’s most northerly? No Royal wedding holiday for two Scottish councils Two Scottish councils have said they will not let staff have a day off to celebrate the wedding of Prince William and […]

Labour Party in personal attack on Danny Alexander

October 30, 2010 · Filed Under Politics 

Sad to see that instead of trying to come up with any kind of credible plan for the economy, Labour members are instead just taking cheap shots at the Liberal Democrats. It’s as if the Labour party thinks itself only electable if they can discredit the Lib Dems. While the existing coalition cuts are not […]

RAF Lossiemouth to close: Welcome Space Port Lossiemouth?

October 19, 2010 · Filed Under Development, Moray, Nairn, Politics, Tourist 

The strategic defence spending review looks like it confirms at least one of the Moray RAF bases will definitely close: The decision to axe the replacement Nimrod MRA4 reconnaissance planes – a project Mr Cameron said had cost more than £3bn and was more than eight years late – puts the future of RAF Kinloss, […]

Highland Council restricts school swimming lessons

October 6, 2010 · Filed Under Nairn, Politics 

In their wisdom, the Highland Council has now dediced to restrict swimming lesson tuition in the local schools. The news was sent to local parents via a letter from their schools. P4 and P5 pupils will now be the only years to receive swimming lessons – and even then, only over 8 week period. The […]

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