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New life for Nairn Links following consultation

The Nairn Links paddling pool.
Picture by Sandy McCook
The Nairn Links paddling pool. Picture by Sandy McCook

Consultants and local councillors have praised a successful consultation regarding Nairn Links after the event was held in the Nairn Community and Arts Centre.

A draft outline plan, which was first put forward at the first meeting in November, has met the board’s approval and will now move forward along with the proposed projects to deliver the plan.

Nick Wright, consultant, said: “Throughout this has been a positive process with very good levels of community engagement and lots of consensus about future priorities for the Links, keeping the natural character whilst updating what the Links has to offer, with an emphasis on local organisations working collaboratively with the Council.

“Almost everyone who came to the event was comfortable with the projects put forward, and with the suggestions of who would be involved from the community and the proposed next steps to start delivering the projects”.

A widespread desire for new facilities that blend in with the natural setting of the links is sought, as is improving the accessibility across the Links and the beach, along with improving the area around the Paddling Pool and James Cafe in collaboration with all interested parties.

Area Chair Councillor Tom Heggie said: “On behalf of the Nairnshire Councillors I would like to thank the people of Nairn for their enthusiasm and input to the consultation process.   I have received several very positive reports from groups who were consulted and they have remarked on how carefully the consultant listened to them.

“We are now awaiting his draft set of proposals which will be discussed with a range of stakeholders. This will allow the final proposals to be ratified at the March meeting of the Nairnshire Committee.”

A further meeting is set to take place in January.

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