Local consultation in plans and decision making for Nairn

In case you'd like  to know what Community Councillors do between meetings ( apart from reading about ourselves in the Nairnshire and on social media....) we have been quite busy since April

We have on Monday 6th May sent out a joint letter  with 5  other Nairn community groups
 to  the highest level of Highland Council and the Scottish Government and our elected representatives,
 to complain about inadequate structures in place to support  consultation and involvement of Nairn communities  in local development and community planning matters.
We are concerned that in Highland the principles of the Community Empowerment Act ( 2015) are not being effectively implemented, with potentially damaging effects for Nairn when decisions are taken  without local consultation and due consideration of  local  priorities and needs.
You can read this letter here
Local Decisions and Community Empowerment joint letter May18


Agenda for Next Meeting of Nairn River Community Council - Wed 16 May 2018 7pm

Here is the Agenda for the next meeting of Nairn River Community Council to be held in Nairn Community and Arts Centre at 7 pm on Wednesday 16th May
Agenda NRCC 17 May 2018 
You may also be interested in reading the draft minutes of our last meeting
NRCC Draft Minutes 18 April 2018
We have been busy since April - see our next posting to see what we've been up to...
You can find it here
Local consultation and community empowerment

Latest Planning comments - new retail developments at Sainsbury site, and further housing at Lochloy/Kingsteps and Forres Road

Nairn River Community Council has recently posted three  planning comments in relation to
current planning applications. We have  noted a number of longstanding concerns around the pressing need for investment in infrastructure ( roads, drainage, sewerage) , and increased traffic congestion in East Nairn ( A96/Lochloy Road, Merryton junction bottleneck)  .
We have also noted the pressing need for local school and other community provision at Lochloy estate to keep pace with further housing proposed in this area, as Auldearn Primary is now at full capacity, and Millbank will be if all  housing proposed is built. This need only came to our attention in early 2018  after a  visit from a Highland Council Care and Learning official to our February meeting to discuss possible changes in school catchment areas across Nairnshire to accommodate the rapid growth in population at Lochloy.

As all 3 pending applications below will impact on traffic and  add pressure on other infrastructure in Nair…

Access to Banking Services in the Highlands - HIE surveys for public and businesses

Find below links to a number of surveys launched by Highlands and Islands Enterprise to find out about access to banking services in the Highlands for citizens, businesses and community groups. Nairn River Community Council would  urge citizens, businesses and community groups to complete these - particularly in light of Nairn losing our RBS bank branch from June 2018.   Highlands and Islands Enterprise have told us that these Surveys can be made available by hard copy, and welcome communities’ help in distributing these.  The email address to obtain hard copies is You can read more about the study on Highlands and Islands Enterprise website below.

Please see the survey links below. 
Business survey –
Residents survey –
Community groups survey –
Agenda for  next meeting of Nairn River Community Council 7.30 Wed 21st February at Nairn Community Centre
NAIRN RIVER COMMUNITY COUNCIL Comhairle Coimhearsnachd Abhainn Narann

ORDINARYMEETING TO BE HELD ON Wednesday 21st February 2018 At Nairn Community & Arts Centre At 7.30pm


Apologies Declarations of interest The rules of declaration of interest are intended to produce transparency in regard to
interests which might influence, or be thought to influence your actions as a Community Councillor. You MUST withdraw from the meeting until discussion of, and voting on,
the relevant item where you have a declarable interest is concluded. You may feel able to state truthfully that an interest would not influence your role
as a Community Councillor in discussion or decision making. Y
ou must, however, always comply with the “objective test” which is
whether a member of the public, with knowledge of the relevant facts,
would reasonably regard the interest as so significant that it is
likely to…

Community Responses to 2 Nairn Planning Applications

Nairn River Community Council has in January 2018 submitted detailed objections ( in our role as a statutory consultee)  to  two  planning applications for significant new housing developments in East Nairn

You can read our submissions and others  on the Highland Council Planning website
Kingsteps application (115 homes) and Forres Rd/A96 Morganti site( 32 homes)*

*29 January - there are  some problems viewing the Forres Rd submission today on the Highland Planning website- but you can view it here on  
 we hope it will be properly posted on the Highland Council e planning page very soon

Our main concerns are  that local roads, water and sewerage systems in the town are at bursting point.
Quite literally recently, as could be seen and smelt on Harbour Street  when drains overflowed with sewage from our outdated 'combined' drainage system after heavy rain on 24th January...

We believe  that no more large scal…

NRCC letter to Nairnshire re pressure on local infrastructure of new housing developments

Letter from NRCC to Nairnshire Telegraph published Tuesday 31 November 2017

On behalf of Nairn River Community Council, weare very concerned about the misleading way that discussions at our meeting last Wednesday 15 Novemberwere reported on thefront page of last week’s Nairnshire ( Tues 22 November 2017).
We wish to clarify our consistent support as a body for provision of appropriate housing in Nairn to meet local need. At no point have we ever as an organisation taken a position against provision of social housing for Nairn. We are thus disappointed to see this suggested on your front page.