Co-op Dual Pricing

Sometimes it takes me time to get up to speed – and most of you probably knew already – but it costs more to shop in a Co-op convenience store than a supermarket. Nevermind that the High Street Co-op is less than 100yds from the Supermarket – prices are higher. It has all to do with banding, so for example a pint of milk in the High St costs 56p, whereas in the supermarket it costs 49p. Anyone else spotted these price variations. Makes me wonder why anyone would shop in the High St Co-op when things are cheaper just two minutes away!

Boy Racers!

Operating my shop at the bottom of Harbour Street I cannot understand why some form of traffic calming has not been implemented. During this recent spell of good weather there are dozens of pedestrians (young and old) dicing with death when the ‘boy racers’ sprint up or down the last straight. It’s only a matter of time before some small child that has not been missed by a parent gets hit by one of these noisy erks (or should that be berks).

Lochloy Development

Received from a concerned resident following reports in last weeks Nairnshire.

I am a resident of Old Bar Road.

I’m assuming the Nairnshire’s article is accurate.

My understanding is that Jack’s Contracts do not have a legal liability for maintaining the open spaces in this part of Nairn, although it has been their employees (now redundant) who have been doing the work. I believe the legal responsibility lies with the company with legal ownership of the common ground. According to our missives, this is a company called Lochloy Properties Ltd which is, according to documents available from Companies House, a subsidiary of Courtallam Developments Ltd. This company has appointed a “Factor”  contractor called Hubbies for Hire (Scotland) Ltd. Hubbies for Hire have been using Jack’s Contracts employees to deliver their responsibilities.

According to the documents available from Companies House, Michael Jack is a director of all of these companies.

Although Jack’s Contracts have gone into receivership, there is no legal or financial reason that I can see why any of the companies in the actual chain of accountability for maintaining the common ground should avoid their responsibilities. Hubbies for Hire has been charging residents annual fees and should continue to deliver on their contract. They are not bound by their contracts to use Jack’s Contracts employees. However, having spoken with her, I know that Hubbies for Hire’s Company Secretary is relying on the Jacks’ receivership and the redundancy of Jacks’ employees to explain the hiatus in maintaining the common land, including the emptying of the pooh bins. She is talking about resolving the problem by consulting with residents – at some unspecified time in the future – about the appointment of an alternative Factor, rather than ensuring that Hubbies for Hire deliver on their contract.

You do have to smile – or cry!

A deep hole in the High St

Less than a month after the completion of the new streetscape, it has been dug up. Could it be that something was damaged when the new road was laid or has some other emergency just happended? Must be frustrating for all involved but isn’t it typical?

No chains but is the brae any safer?

brae crossing

A Safer Crossing?

New work at the bottom of The Brae designed to slow traffic has made little or no difference to the speed of traffic coming off the A96. Most vehicles mount the newly added kerb with no reduction in speed. The odd vehicle that does take time to avoid the raised area risks mounting the opposite pavement. Take 5 minutes observing traffic and you’ll realise that although the chains have gone, the “crossing” is no safer and still a serious hazard to pedestrians who regard it as a crossing. In fact, planners obviously designated it a crossing by providing a drop-kerb and by removing the safety chains. We wonder how trained engineers can now conclude that The Brae is safe. An accident waiting to happen we fear.

Nairn’s new arts centre?

Nairn Community & Arts Centre

We have just observed that the striking Community Centre logo has been removed and the building is now called Nairn Community and Arts Centre. We wonder why the change. Could it be that talk of a new Arts Centre worried NCC that they’d lose out if a new centre did go ahead? But can they seriously imagine that wonderful though the building is, it can never be an arts centre. By all means have exhibitions and host events – which it does superbly well – but it doesn’t make it an arts centre. Whether or not there will ever be a proper Nairn arts centre or not, it is disappointing that they felt the need to incorporate the word “Arts”. They cannot offer what might be expected in an arts centre – art and craft workshops, a cafe, rolling exhibitions and a well equipped performance area designed for the purpose. It need never compete with the Community Centre and we can’t help wonder if this is little more than a cheap spoiling tactic. But let’s hope there is an suitably striking logo on the way.

Delighted to see the logo now back on the centre wall.

Can you identify this Highland location?

It was described by Urban Realm, the organisers of the annual Carbuncle Awards, previously awarded to such places as Cumbernauld and Coatbridge.
“xxxx …. which could be one of the most beautiful places in the Highlands, is all too often a depressing place… no passion has gone into the development or upkeep… development and progress has gone hand in hand with drive in retail, business parks and disjointed housing developments. Far from focusing on its unique Highland identity, an identikit sprawl of nowhere spaces are being built”.

No don’t worry, for a moment I thought this was describing Nairn, but it is in fact Inverness on the shortlist for winning the Award. So that’s OK then!

New flats at Lodgehill?

Lodgehill flatsProposals have been put forward for demolition of the vacated GP surgery and the erection of a 11 no. unit flatted residential development. Obviously a three-storey development has caused some consternation among local residents. More details on the Highland Council web site

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New dangers on nairn’s beaches?

While recognising that the land reform legislation  has changed, it is worrying that we or our children can’t go onto the Central Beach without a lingering worry that we’ll be set upon by an unruly dog. Or just as bad, step on something as we make our way along the paths to the beach.

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Sandown – More deals behind closed doors?

We have been advised that the Sandown Lands are up for sale – check this link on the Scottish property web site.
This has prompted some strong comment from Loreine Thomson of the Nairn Residents Concern Group in the form of a couple of emails to Mr Black.

Latest: See this update: It appears that this is an old for sale notice still marked as “Under Offer” despite additions and updates dated June 2010. How confusing.
But the big issue remains. How can the terms of an recorded agreement suddenly change with no record of a Council meeting to approve the substantive change. No wonder suspicions have been roused. Even if Deveron do still have first call on the land, they are still obliged to consult the community – unless the old agreement really has been torn up and quietly replaced.

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