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Nairn Community Councils joint meeting next Wednesday 19th December 2018 and slides from community presentation for new Highland CEO 14 Dec

Nairn River Community Council will be holding a joint meeting with Nairn West and Suburban Community Council at Nairn Community Centre on Wednesday 19th December from 7pm
This will be primarily a social meeting to review 2018. We will also  feed back on a community visit from Donna Manson the new Highland Chief Executive held last Friday 14 December
At this event around 30 representatives of Nairn  communities shared with Mrs Manson the Nairn perspective on key current issues for local communities and their vision for greater community empowerment and improved collaboration and engagement with Highland Council in the interests of Nairn
Here is the Powerpoint presentation  which was shared with Mrs Manson on 14 December at the Centre
It includes contributions from a wide range of Nairn community organisations and interest groups

Next Nairn River Community Council Meeting - Wednesday 21st November, 7pm Nairn Community and Arts Centre

The next Nairn River CC meeting will be held at the Community and Arts Centre at 7pm  on Wed 21 November 2018
Here is the Agenda  and the Minutes of our last meeting ( Sept 17) 
Main topics discussed were
Highland Councils new rules  on Developer Contributions and the mystery of the 'missing millions' which Highland Council should have collected from developers for the hundreds of homes  built on Nairn Lochloy estate to pay for infrastructure and community facilities, including a planned school and a bridge over the railway.  A recent  Highland Council response to a Freedom of Information request by a local resident records only £271,000  collected  from Lochloy developers since 2000. The school was removed from the Local Plan with no local consultation, and there is still no sign of the promised bridge to Balmakeith
Concerns about how Nairn Common Good Fund is currently managed (with decisions made by the whole Council in Inverness, with our 4 Nairn Councillors well outnumbered…

Next Nairn River CC meeting Wed 19 Sept 7pm at Community and Arts Centre

The next Nairn River CC meeting will be held at the Community and Arts Centre at 7 on Wed 19 Sept
Here is the agenda   and the Minutes of our last meeting in  July 2018
(We had no public meeting in August but you will see that our members have been very busy)
You will also notice a new look 'timed' agenda.

In light of this year's 60% operational funding cut from Highland Council) we aim to

better coordinate our growing workload  with other Nairnshire Community Councils make more use of our webpage and other channels to share information with local residentshold fewer meetings  but improve focus  on key topics of concern to Nairn River residents  where community involvement can make a real difference for Nairn 

Other reading material relating to Wednesday's agenda and recent CC activities is below
There is a lot of information here but we'd encourage all Nairn residents to inform themselves  on current and proposed developments for the town and to get involved so tha…

Links Development - Nairn community groups seek to collaborate with HIghland Council

The two Nairn  'town' Community Councils ( Nairn River CC and Suburban and West CC)
have written to Nairn Councillors and the Ward Manager this week to urge a joined up approach to the future development and improvement of the Links and seafront area. Our letter is here Links Development Nairn CCs letter to Council re working together
In June 2018 a  Nairn Links Scoping Report written by Council officers and an Options Appraisal and Consultation commissioned by the Council on the paddling pool area , were tabled at Highland Council's Nairnshire Committee Nairn Links Scoping Report Highland Council 13 June 2018
At the Nairn Games on 18th August the Council hosted a 'public consultation' stall based on its own reports above to inform a new plan for the Links area.  This  stall was staffed by Nairn's Highland Councillors and the Ward Manager. It did not involve Community Councils or include the ideas and vision of any local community led enterprises such as Team Ham…

Donate to civic events and win hot local tickets for September!

We are fundraising  to set up a small civic grants fund  for Nairn River Community Council to use to help out local organisations who do good for Nairn.
We are having to do this as our own Highland Council grant was cut this year by 60% and we can no longer give small donations as we have in the past to help fund civic events such as Nairn Games and Xmas lights switch on.
We are trying a new way to do this through crowdfunding and  if you donate a few pounds you also have a chance to win valuable tickets to 2 ( already sold out) local events  -
the legendary Monster Music Bash ( an evening of vintage Nairn rock n blues ) on 15 Sept at the British Legion, 
and for the kids 2 under 18 tickets to see Chris Packham, naturalist and  TV presenter at the Community Centre on Sunday 16th Sept ( part of Nairn Book and Arts Festival)
The JustGiving weblink is here (  sorry link was no working for a couple of days due to technical hitch. All OK now. )
Nairn Civic Events Crowdfunder ( plus free ti…

Highland Council passes plans for 115 more houses to extend Lochloy Estate to Kingsteps ( Webcast)

Webcast of SPAC Planning Meeting 8th August - approving 115 more houses for Lochloy estate 
Here is the webcast of yesterday's South Planning Applications Committee (SPAC)  meeting in Inverness which approved  plans for Springfield to build 115 more houses on land belonging to Nairn Councillor Liz MacDonald. This will extend the Lochloy estate to the edge of Kingsteps.
The vote was tied - 5 members for and 5 against.
Cllr Gray the Chairman then used his casting vote,  to approve the plans .
Of Nairn's 2 Councillors on this committee we understand that Cllr Fraser voted against approval, and Cllr Heggie voted in favour.
South Planning Applications Committee 8 Aug 2018 Item 6.1 Springfield Properties NA2 site Kingsteps Nairn
Badgers on the site - Yes or No ?
If you watch the webcast you will hear the Planning Officer responding to wildlife queries from Councillor Heggie and  Green Councillor Pippa Hadley -He states that his understanding is that there are no live badger setts o…

Aug 2018 Nairn community protests and SPAC site visit re plans for 115 more houses at Lochloy/Kingsteps

Kingsteps protests against NA2 Plans for 115 more homes at Lochloy - are covered in today's Press and Journal ( Saturday 4th August 2018)
Kingsteps and Lochloy NA2 protest Aug18 - P and J 040818
There is also  a podcast on the P and J website by Susy MacAulay their local democracy correspondent with interviews with Loreine Thomson, Lochloy resident and chair of  Nairn Residents Concern Group and Morton Gillespie from Kingsteps Residents Group
Press and Journal podcast 04082018 ( Kingsteps development protest)
Local residents and Nairn River Community Councillors will be joining local residents from 9.30 am next Wednesday morning 8th August when South Planning Applications Committee members ( including Nairn Councillors Tom Heggie and Laurie Fraser)  and Highland planning officers will tour the site proposed for 115 more houses at Lochloy and Kingsteps on land which belongs to Nairn Councillor Liz MacDonald.
This visit is intended to help Highland Council's elected members reach…

Members and Office Bearers Update

At our AGM on 20th June - our four office bearers stepped down and 3 were re - elected, with Veronica Mackinnon replacing Steven Bain as Treasurer.
See our current Members Page  for latest information on who's who at Nairn River CC 

Highland Council rejects NRCC Participation Request

You may recall that Nairn River Community Council submitted a Participation Request to Highland Council at the start of May, following procedures laid out in the Community Empowerment Act.
NRCC Participation Request May 18

We have just heard this week that this request has  been turned down by Highland Council, as not constituting a valid Participation Request, apparently because we did not specify a single 'outcome' for our local area which we felt we could improve by our involvement, or specify precisely what improvement we wanted to see.
Instead we chose to submit a 'global' request  covering  all outcomes included in the 'Highland Outcomes Improvement Plan'. We proposed that consulting with  and engaging local communities better in local decision making  on community planning was likely to improve all local outcomes, not just a single one.

The  response  we received is here
NRCC Participation Request Response from HC June18

Despite this refusal you will see t…
Find below the Agenda and minutes for the upcoming Nairn River Community Council AGM and Ordinary meeting on 20th June 2018 at Nairn Community Centre starting at 7 pm
Agenda NRCC Ordinary meeting 20 June 18

MInutes NRCC 16 May 2018

NRCC AGM agenda 20 June 18

Minutes NRCC AGM Apr 2017

See latest news on Nairn planning applications on our previous posting here
Kingsteps planning decision deferred till Lochloy site visit on 8th August

Kingsteps plans go to June 12 planning committee and are deferred for Lochloy 'site visit' on 8th August

Plans for 115 homes to be built by Springfield development on Councillor Liz MacDonald's land at Kingsteps will go to the planning committee tomorrow 12th June.
See below the planner's report,
SPAC 12 Jun18 Item 6.8 Springfield Properties
We feel this report  is inadequate in briefing decision makers on the scale and detail of the many objections to this plan posted on the e planning website,  both from community  groups and residents in Nairn( including NRCC) and from public agencies at Highland level who have raised many concerns about  the impact of this major development on local traffic, drainage, sewerage, wildlife and other local services and infrastructure. The additional housing proposed will swell the Lochloy estate to around 1000 homes with no school or community facilities and only a single access road to the A96 and rest of Nairn.
We have thus today along with 2 residents groups( Kingsteps Residents and Nairn Residents Concern Group), lodged a request for a pre de…

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.