The Nairnshire Challenge

Over the past few years the Nairnshire Challenge has become a regular feature on the town’s calendar , with thousands  of participants having raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for local charities and had a considerable amount of fun on the way.

 

Well the good news is that you can take part, or perhaps organise a team to represent your business.

 

This year’s event is being held  close to midsummer’s day  on Sunday 23rd of June  and surely the sun will be  splitting the sky, which will be notable by its lack of clouds.

 

You can find all the information about the event at http://www.nairnshirechallenge.co.uk/

 

High Street Re-surfacing

A press realease from the Highland Council giving details of the arrangments for the temporary road closure of Nairn High Street, to allow re-surfacing works to take place

 

" Local businesses and residents in Nairn likely to most be affected by a temporary road closure on Nairn High Street have received a letter from W A Fairhurst, consulting engineers, on behalf of The Highland Council giving advance notice of temporary restrictions and providing details of arrangements which will be put in place to keep any disruption to a minimum.

From 11 October a temporary closure of the High Street will begin to allow the completion of carriageway resurfacing, which is part of the second phase of a £1.3 million package of town centre improvements.

The work on the High Street will be carried out in two sections; firstly the western end and then the eastern. Once the western end work is complete this section will open to delivery vehicles but not to HGVs. There will also be minor kerb realignment works at the foot of The Brae.

Following discussions with the Streetscape Stakeholders’ group, these two weeks of work from 11 October have been timed to take place during the school holidays to minimise any traffic disruption associated with the school run and during a traditionally quieter period for local businesses.

While the formal road closure covers a period of four weeks, it is not intended that the High Street will be closed for any longer than two weeks. The extra time has been built into the formal traffic order to allow flexibility should any unforeseen difficulties arise.

The closure will affect access for all vehicles including cyclists and will cover the full length of the High Street, from its junction with the A96 Aberdeen-Inverness trunk road (The Brae) to the junction with Leopold Street.

Residents and businesses affected have been notified about temporary arrangements for the collection of refuse and have been given details of who to contact should they have any questions or need any assistance.

A spokesman for the Council said:  “By giving the detailed information well ahead of the start date we hope any concerns and issues can be sorted out before work begins and I would like to thank everyone for their patience. We can all look forward to the benefits that the improvements on the High Street will bring to revitalise the heart of our town.”

 

Traffic Light Woes....again

I'm sure that most folks passing through the town this past few days will have experienced the gridlock caused , yet again, by the traffic lights.

I would encourage as many people as possible to complain to Transport Scotland and the Scottish Ministers as I get the general impression that they really don't seem to understand how much of an issue is caused by both the number of sets of traffic lights we have, and the fact that they frequently  malfunction.

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The ANB email asking for action to be taken was :

Dear Sir,

Prior to  the opening of a new supermarket on the outskirts of  the town in 2011 , Nairn was (at Transport Scotland’s bidding), shackled with  an additional four sets of traffic  lights and one extra pedestrian crossing . This brought the total amount of traffic lights and pedestrian controlled crossings in the town to nine in just over  1½ miles of road.

Since the installation of the new lights and their integration into  existing system,  no more than a few weeks ever  pass where the traffic control system functions anywhere near what might be laughingly described as ‘effectively’.

The town is regularly gridlocked and protests and suggestions made at recent consultations with Transport Scotland/ Bear seem to have been ignored.

Since late last week, some issue has arisen and the traffic lights have been causing ridiculous  delays for drivers trying to pass through Nairn from west to east; a journey that should take 5 or 6 minutes, even at a busy time is  now taking 15-20, even on a Sunday.

I don’t really care how many ‘engineers’ may have assessed the system ( particularly the light at the A96/ Lochloy Road junction , which seem to be the main culprits) but in non-technical terms , it doesn’t work.

Those poor souls who are left trying to negotiate the ineffective and unnecessary gauntlet of lights at the moment must be left wondering if the person that designed them had just wandered into Transport Scotland off the street on that given day . If not, following  either the Peter, or Dilbert’s principle , you should  offer him a  place in the government, as he’s a natural.

Would you please engender a sense in the person responsible for the operation of the A96 through Nairn that:

a)      The system, as installed,  generally doesn’t work well.
b)      At the moment , the system as installed does not work at all ( unless the design brief included engineering gridlock and encouraging vehicles onto unsuitable rural and urban rat-runs.
c)       Nairn needs a bypass, or else the whole Inverness/ Aberdeen corridor will suffer economically.

So, to reiterate - We are a small town trying our best to get by in straitened times   and cannot help but feel that government or its agencies should be listening to our concerns , and more to the point, doing something about them.

The traffic situation in Nairn is ridiculous  and I will be interested to hear what you have planned for both the short term and the longer term but we need the issues that have arisen over the past few days to be addressed immediately.

David Brownless

Chair- Association of Nairn Businesses

 

ANB support Tourist Information Centre

The Association of Nairn Businesses at their recent AGM agreed to make a donation of £250 to the Community Centre towards the costs of running the Tourist Information Centre.

Chair of the Association, David Brownless, said “Our members were keen to support the Community Centre in their efforts to maintain a focal point for tourist enquiries in the town. The membership of the ANB covers a wide range of businesses across Nairnshire, including the High Street, and obviously some of these businesses do benefit from the advice and assistance given to visitors by the staff at the Community Centre. The money offered represents a substantial commitment from the annual subscriptions we gather from those High Street traders.

There is no doubt that many businesses, both directly and indirectly connected to the tourist sector, would suffer if the Tourist Information Centre was to close. All the agencies involved need to ensure that plans are made to guarantee its long term future, in the meantime we hope that our donation will act as a catalyst to other groups to support this extremely important facility”.

 
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