Monday, 28 March 2011

Nairn Shopkeepers Told To Think Positive

The wise words of sod-shoveller Sandy Park as he helps a supermarket giant prepare to destroy some of the local, independent retailers in the Sunniest Town in Scotland.

What's the line from Monty Python's Life of Brian? Worse things happen at sea, mate!

All four councillors should be ashamed of allowing this development to happen. If they'd kept to the local plan and said no the chances are the Co-op would have invested in the town centre. Instead we'll get even more traffic thundering through the town, past some boarded up shops which were selling local produce and supporting skilled jobs.

There's no doubt a bit of competition/choice is good but 'thinking positive' won't help when the playing field isn't level.


  1. I wouldn't worry. By the time all the new traffic lights are in place no-one will be able to drive to the new supermarket anyway, and if you try and walk there you will choke on traffic fumes

    Welcome to gridlock Nairn, home of Highland Shamebury's, and traffic light town of the north

  2. Mrs Gurnmeister points out that a lot of premises in the High Street do not compete with supermarkets anyway. The Charity shops for one, the take-aways too and Nairns Café Society will still feel the need to come down town for a wee blether. Then there's the banks (still owned by the punters) and building societies.
    This observer is no expert but feels that things will pan out fine for the High Street. The days of thousands of Nairnites driving to Forres, Elgin and Inverness for their shopping just couldn't go on. Sainsbury's is here by public choice, instead of complaining perhaps those against the supermarket should be campaigning for them to be taking local produce. Milk, bread and Garlic spring to mind immediately.
    I must agree with Nairn however, it is amazing how many people didn't know about the new traffic lights. The answer will be to cycle up via the river, the cemetary field and Boath Park.

  3. I wish to be associated with the sentiments of the previous speaker :) It is quite apparent that the arrival of all of these traffic lights will make cycling the only viable means of getting around Nairn, in fact it's been the quickest way to get about the town for years.

    Not much help if you're off to Aberdeen from Inverness though & that holds a worrying potential to see massive traffic increases onto the rat run roads.

    I still fail to see how so many people didn't realise the traffic lights were coming though. Some may find the news a sobering lesson in reading the small print.

    David - Bikebug

  4. Cycling for shopping sounds idyllic. But of course most folk go to supermarkets to stock up so they'll take the car.

    It will indeed be interesting to see how much local produce Sainsbury's stock. I popped into a branch in Edinburgh recently and there was an awful lot of New Zealand meat for sale!

    Personally I'd like to see the High Street shops have an evening opening once a week. Even if they only stayed open till say 6.30 once a week I'd nip in rather than going to the Co-op, or M&S in Inverness.

  5. Given that this is the first Sainsburys in the area, people have already said they are willing to travel to Sainsburys from further afield. Whilst there will be increased traffic, there may also be increased trade in the town rather than less. Sainsburys could be just part of the attraction and visitors may on their way to Sainsburys or afterwards want to pop into Nairn for coffee or lunch for example.

  6. Popping to Edinburgh on your bike for your messages seems a bit extreme !-)

    Surely Balmakeith will be more convenient ?-)