The two Nairn ‘town’ Community Councils (Nairn River, and West and Suburban) have recentlyissued a joint press release to reaffirm 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.
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 Paddling Pool into a modern ‘Splash Pad’ using funds from Team Hamish (with NICE support) and Nairn’s Common Good Fund.
Future phases of improvements round the Links area to fulfil the Team Hamish vision are on the drawing board with more opportunities ahead for community input as they develop.
NICE has recently submitted a Regeneration Capital Grant Fund bid to the Scottish Government with backing from Highland Council, to redevelop the old Police Buildings and deliver on key aims of Nairn’s Town Centre Plan agreed with community input in 2015.
NICE is also actively exploring with BID and other partners including Community Councils a range of other funding options (such as Community Asset Transfer) to help retain and develop Nairn’s Victorian heritage buildings and other assets for community, business and visitor use, and housing.
As these joint initiatives move forward we want to make sure that Local Community Councils are ‘at the table’, so that local residents are fully consulted to get the best for Nairn and Nairnshire.