Showing posts from 2020

Nairn Common Good consultation - Nairn Links Tearoom and Store

Public consultation is now open till 06 January 2021 - on proposals to dispose of two Nairn Common Good Assets  1.the Links Tearoom  - new 30 year lease arrangement proposed   2. the 'Store' former kiosk/shop on Links - proposed for demolition and landscaping (retain power supply) These two properties are part of the Links which is a  Common Good Asset gifted to the people of  the Burgh of Nairn as part of its Royal Charter in 1586 A 12 week consultation period is required for any changes of use or disposals to Common Good Assets and all  residents of the former Royal Burgh of Nairn are entitled to have a say in these  proposals Any changes or disposal to Common Good Assets such as these which are 'inalienable'  will also require an application for formal consent from the Sheriff Court Details of the consultation are below Links Tearoom and Store - Common Good public consultation Nairn River Community Council will be discussing a response with members and will post it h

Nairn River CC Statutory Consultee submission re Cawdor House/Lavender Cafe 'change of use' Application

 Nairn River Community Council have recently submitted a Statutory Consultee comment on the Planning portal, regarding a retrospective change of use Application by Cawdor House B and B, Cawdor Street, Nairn, who have been operating an outdoor cafe since July.  This Application has attracted diverse public comments and strong views on either side. To help us prepare a fair and balanced submission, two Nairn River CC Office Bearers visited the Applicant, and two of their Cawdor St neighbours, to see the location for ourselves, and to listen to local concerns about the new cafe operation.  We also discussed with Cawdor House proprietors some. possible ways to address these concerns. We then shared our findings with NRCC members and after securing majority agreement, posted the following 'neutral' submission, which presents several suggestions for  Planners to consider, re 'mitigating measures' to reduce nuisance to neighbours. NRCC Statutory Consultation - Cawdor House cha

Have your say on Phone Boxes, Police Scotland, Pre Planning Consultation, Short Term Lets, Bathing Water signage - public consultations

Here is a list of public consultations open now to which  you can contribute  as a member of the public right now - with deadlines  where available.  Feel free also to feed back to Nairn River CC directly on any of these topics by  1/adding your own comments to our blog below 2/send  an email to or or 3/ talk to your local community councillor.  A full list of your local community councillors can be found on members page is on this website.    Police Scotland Survey   You can also complete this survey over the phone by calling 07717 150 296 and leaving a message. A member of the survey team will then call you back.    BT Payphone Consultation  survey open till 10th October 2020    3 boxes under threat in Nairn town , High St(Castle Square), Moss Side and Fraser Park     Scottish Government Proposed Changes to Pre Planning Public Consultation Requirements   about how  developers consult the public before a development proposal  becomes

Public Questions -parking and visitor facilities- to help Nairn Community groups work with Highland Council to improve 2021 tourist welcome

An online meeting was held on 1st September 2020 which brought together representatives of the  two Nairn Community Councils ( Nairn River and Nairn West and Suburban) , BID and NICE ( Nairn's Community Development Trust) with 3 of Nairn's Highland Councillors and a number of Highland officers  involved with transport and parking, policy, and improvement of tourist welcome facilities(eg toilets, campervans) across Highland.  For more information on  community groups 'Team Nairn' joined up approach to getting the best for Nairn  see our previous posting on  Working Together for Nairn   All present agreed that there was a shared wish to improve Nairn's tourist welcome and visitor amenities, to help the local economy recover from impacts of the COVID lockdown  Nairn needs to be ready for a further influx of 'Staycation'visitors including camper vans in 2021 so it is important to explore ways to target resources on improvements to local visitor facilities, as ha

Update on Planning Application for 12 flats and CAB on King Street -request for Planning Committee site visit

Update 5th  Sept 2020 The following article appeared in the Press and Journal on 27th August regarding proposed development of a newbuild block of 12 flats and new CAB in Nairn Town Centre https://www.pressandjournal. 2438635/highland-council-to- construct-12-new-flats-and-a- new-citizens-advice-bureau- office-in-nairn/    This article confirmed that Highland Council ( the applicant as well as the planning authority here)  has already published tender documents for this proposed development (which can be found here on the Scottish Public Contracts website portal )  despite the application having not yet reached the South Planning Applications Committee table for scrutiny and decision. In early August, and again today, Nairn River Community Council as Statutory Consultee, requested that Planning Officers  arrange a 'site visit' for members of the South Planning Application Committee to give them an opportunity to see for themselves how this proposed, new

Working Together for Nairn's Regeneration and Economic Recovery

The two Nairn 'town' Community Councils ( Nairn River, and West and Suburban)  have recently reaffirmed their  commitment to working together with Nairn BID (Business Improvement District) and NICE (Nairn's Community Enterprise Trust) , Highland Council and other local community partners by issuing a  joint press release With 1 in 4 jobs in Nairn dependent on the tourist industry, the Nairn economy faces an uncertain future and there is an urgent need to work together to  retain and create Nairn jobs and to help Nairn businesses thrive and adapt in the new 'post COVID' world Our current  priorities are to develop a joint plan for  economic recovery and to progress the regeneration of Nairn town centre. Here is the press release issued in June 2020 by Nairn BID This joint 'community led' approach has already worked well in getting the Links Development off the ground with work now underway, in partnership with Highland Council, to transform the old

Agenda and public invitation for 12 May online meeting of Nairn River Community Council

As advertised in today's Nairnshire Telegraph , Nairn River Community Council will be holding an online public meeting next Tuesday 12th May from 7.30 - 9.30 pm. Here is the Agenda AGENDA for Nairn River Community Council online meeting 12 May 2020 Any member of the public in Nairn wishing to attend/observe the online meeting should send an email with their first name, name of street and post code to and request the link to join the meeting.  There will be time for public questions if technology permits. (Note that this meeting was cut short due to technical difficulties and we are not planning any more online public meetings in the immediate future until we can iron these out and include everyone.) We will continue to keep you informed and in touch with local issues on this website as best we can and have added a new  Community Information page  to keep you updated during current lockdown and beyond-  this will signpost you to local sources of supp

Nairn River Community Council Lockdown update and March 10th Minutes

We hope that everyone is staying safe at home and keeping well in these strange times. Since 23rd March  Nairn River Community Council has been in lockdown, but members have remained active working from home and continue to serve the local community. Our members have had a steep 'learning curve' mastering online meetings using the Cisco Webex platform, and trying out Google voting to make decisions by email . With public meetings cancelled, our members agreed to donate  £125 from our operational grant (usually spent on  room hire, and press adverts), to the newly formed Nairn Task Force to fund ID badges for  community volunteers helping vulnerable local households with shopping and deliveries. For more information on this see our   Community Information  page on this website  Community Councillors have continued in lockdown to respond by phone and email to individual residents' concerns and questions and we have kept a close eye on Planning matters.

Nairn River CC Next Meeting 7 30 Tuesday 10 March

Nairn River Community Council is holding its next public meeting on Tuesday 10th March at Nairn Community and Arts Centre from 7 30 . All welcome Here is the AGENDA  .  Lots to talk about from Town Centre developments and possible demolitions to proposed Parking Charges which are back on Highland Council's agenda again this year

Nairn River Community Council back up and running Feb 2020

Nairn River Community Council is now back up and running in 2020 after a year off Our first meeting was in February Minutes of meeting February 11th 2020 Our  next two public meetings  are Tuesday March 10th  and Tuesday April 14th* both at 7 30 at Nairn Community and Arts Centre ( *due to lockdown members met online on 14 April) Please send your concerns and questions to  or chair@nairnrivercc or contact  any of our 12 newly elected volunteer members, listed below ( see our  Members page   for contact details) Tommy Hogg ( Chair) Hamish Bain (Vice Chair) Mandy Lawson ( Secretary) Veronica Mackinnon ( Treasurer) Steven Bain Peter Gibson Ian Gordon Simon Noble Paul McIvor Stewart Stansfield David Thomson Katrina Woods Nairn River CC represents around 5600 residents of  Fishertown, High Street, Lochloy, Merryton, Balmakeith, Broadhill, Boathpark,Househill, Queenspark and Mill Road areas