Business Improvement District Proposals

This is a discussion paper that looks to the possible development of a Nairnshire BID. It can only proceed with the agreement and participation of local businesses. It may take 15 months to define the terms of the BID and engage in consultation.

Introduction

NAIRN & NAIRNSHIRE
Business Improvement District Proposals

Nairnshire is a compact area covering 200 square miles with a population of 14,500 people. Within the county there is a wealth of natural assets which must be nurtured and developed in a strategic way. There is a proud tradition of civic involvement. This paper looks at Nairnshire in the round emphasising the interconnectedness of its major assets and highlighting the key issues that need to be addressed. Continue reading

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NICE Chairman’s & Directors’ Annual Report for AGM – January 2016.

We think this could be our most important and significant AGM ever. A whole series of national and local policy decisions, such as the rebirth of a Nairnshire Committee, community planning, community empowerment, town centre regeneration and new Community Councils with increasing roles, in conjunction with our own experiences and hard work, allow us to propose an exciting and deliverable way forward for Nairnshire to benefit from all the opportunities that are available.  NICE has already made a contribution in the following ways: Continue reading

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NICE Annual General Meeting 2016

NAIRN IMPROVEMENT COMMUNITY ENTERPRISE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the fourth ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the above company will be held at 8.00 pm on Tuesday 26 January 2016 at the Nairn Community & Arts Centre for the purpose of the following business:

  1. Welcome & Introduction.
  2. Apologies for Absence.
  3. Secretary’s Report.
  4. Consideration of Accounts for year ended 30 November 2014
  5. Chairman’s Report.
  6. Report on and discussion of working in partnership with Highland Council and the Association of Nairn Businesses in relation to the Town Centre.
  7. Report on working with the Men’s Shed and other initiatives.
  8. Discussion on the future of the King Street Building (the “Old Social Work Building”) following the unsuccessful application for a TCCF grant.
  9. Board’s report on company governance and director appointments.
  10. Election of Directors (Campbell Mair, Rosemary Young, Sheena Munro, John Hart & Magnus Swanson will be retiring; Magnus Swanson, Alastair Noble, Michael Barnett, Matthew Hilton, Sheena Munro, Graham Kerr, John Hart and Iain Fairweather  will be offering themselves for re-election.
  11. Any Other Business.

Members are encouraged to appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf if they are unable to attend in person.  The appointment of a proxy should be made using this form – AGM PROXY2016 and should be received by the Company Secretary by 8.00 pm on 24 January 2016 or delivered c/o the Community & Arts Centre.

A copy of the company’s accounts for the year ended 30 November 2014 is available here – NICE ACCOUNTS 2013 14

DATED this 9th day of January 2016.

BY ORDER OF THE BOARD

Michael Barnett

Secretary
Company No:  SC388110
Registered Office: Drumdelnies, by Nairn, IV12 5NT
mbarnett@macline.co.uk

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Nairn Community Town Centre Plan approved

A shared community vision for Nairn town centre was given the go-ahead this week by Highland Council Members of the Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey Area Committee.

Members agreed that a new ‘Nairn Community Town Centre Plan’ be adopted as non-statutory planning guidance to influence future planning applications for Nairn town centre and help community organisations to make bids for funding projects.

The final approved plan has been developed in collaboration between community groups, Highland Council and partners including responses received to a public consultation on the ‘Draft Nairn Town Centre Action Plan’. Public workshops were held in Nairn during April and May 2014 with assistance from the Scottish Government’s town centre regeneration fund.

The main aim of the plan is to identify projects that could be delivered should funding opportunities arise and to shape future planning applications.

Chair of the NB&S Area Committee Councillor Liz MacDonald said: “Hopefully this excellent piece of work will enable us to get some quick wins and projects progressed as soon as possible.

“There has been a tremendous amount of teamwork – which has gone into developing this Plan – from officers, councillors and key groups such as NICE  (Nairn Improvement Community Enterprise);  Nairn Economic Initiative; the Association of Nairn Businesses and members of the community.

“This plan highlights the shared vision, shared priorities and a desire and the agreement for a collaborative team based approach.”

Download the full document here

NICE Comment: We are delighted to have been one of the partners in the discussions that resulted in this Action Plan. There is now an agreed vision and shared priorities for the Town Centre. We look forward to participating in this new collaborative partnership approach and by virtue of our social enterprise status, assist as enablers, where possible, in the delivery of some the projects identified.

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A Review and Update

Back in the Good Old Days, when life seemed less complicated, NICE emerged as a grass-roots community movement. We enthusiastically embraced the possibility of making a difference in Nairn, indeed, by working together we determined to “Improve Nairn”. We met in small groups and looked at several issues – the Bus Station, the Regal Bar, affordable housing, empty properties like Barron House, Open Spaces, Common Good, Arts, Culture and Tourism. We presented the “NICE Vision for Nairn” in October 2012. Continue reading

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Charrette Action Plan and other Projects

Town Charrette : NICE was delighted to have been able to participate in the Nairn Town Charrette last year. The Action Plan is now available for public comment. It is encouraging that the Plan embodies many of the ideas brought forward by the various groups and individuals that participated. There is general agreement about what needs to be done to make Nairn a better place. We are pleased that Highland Council regard NICE as having a real role to play going forward and we will respond to the invitation to make written submissions by 15th May. This will take the form of a “manifesto” which will describe how NICE propose to take matters forward.  The emphasis will focus on a “vision” of how the town and town centre in particular might look eventually, and start planning around that to deliver projects as finances permit.  Other groups such as the Assoc of Nairn Businesses and the Nairn Economic Initiative will no doubt make their own submissions and we are more than willing to work with others to see the plan become reality.

Harbour Project: Following the encouraging meeting of interested parties in October 2013 around the Harbour, we have agreed follow-up on the Steering Group Brief that NICE prepared as facilitator.  See the Oct 2014 report further down this page.

The Wetlands Project is in the “ownership” of Dick Youngson and his team. NICE has agreed to be the charity “umbrella” and provide a suitable legal structure should this venture proceed.

Men’s Shed: A Men’s Shed is where members share the tools and resources they need to work on projects of their own choosing at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive environment. If you feel you would like to get involved in setting up a pilot Men’s Shed, or are simply intrigued to find out more, please go along to the open meeting on Wednesday 22 April at 2.00pm in Nairn Dunbar Golf Club Lounge.   Roy Anderson is organising the meeting and would appreciate having a rough idea of numbers attending.  Please phone him on 01667 455620 or email nairn@rcophighland.org if you would like to attend.  Download poster here.

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2014 AGM Minute and Chair Report

Please use these links to access the Minute of the AGM held on the 29th Oct and the Chair’s Report.

AGM3 MINUTE 2014

Nice Chairman-2014

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Strategy Paper for River Nairn and Harbour

Following the meeting in the sailing club and other discussions, the importance to Nairnshire of its river, the harbour and beaches is more fully understood and is in need of thoughtful actions.

If we consider the area as a T with the river as the leg and the beaches as the cross we can start to understand how closely they are inter twinned. The beaches are supporting the Parkdean Caravan site, the 2 golf courses with walks to Culbin forest to the east and Fort George to the west. All are essential components of our tourist industry. It is also some of the best wetland /bird watching areas in Britain if not in all Europe

If we start with the River Nairn, it is virtually unspoiled by development on its banks. The trees and flood plain are like a Canadian wilderness. We must protect this wonderful ecology and quietness.

The gravel extraction for McDermott’s and some of the river stone placements have not helped.

Action points

No more gravel extraction from river bed.

Careful thought and restrictions on more pool engineering with SNH and SEPA input as well as Fisheries Board.

Walking path to Firhall with new Firhall Bridge.

Flood risk alleviation by extracting gravel at mouth of river /harbour basin

No extra pollution/storm water to be directed into River Nairn from future developments.

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Harbour

Massive tourist and leisure potential.

Sailing club, Kayak club both see great benefits from development of harbour area.

Harbour in urgent need of repair /rebuild.

If nothing is done it will disappear.

Action points

New harbour design with deep water outer harbour to allow for bigger marina/touring Scandinavian / German boats.

Extended east harbour wall to stop sand build up

Dredging of gravel sand at river’s mouth

Facility for sailing club/kayak club in new harbour design

Tourist attraction/restaurant/bar

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Flooding of Fishertown

Action points

Urgent action is needed to protect Fishertown conservation site from River and sea flooding

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Sewage

Action points

Sewage flooding in Fishertown /urgent action required

Sewage work malfunction/risk of bacterial pollution to bathing water quality

Smell risk to both caravan site and Nairn Dunbar golf club

New pipes to take sewage to sewage works

Other suggestions

Maggot boating pond/Kayak /sailing beginner’s training

Links potential/parking/transport to and from town centre

Putting green/children’s play area

Route from town centre to harbour along links and back up through Viewfield to town centre

Actions

HIE/Coastal/Fishing /Harbour money to buy capacity to get this done.

Professional engineering and architect input.

Dr Alastair L Noble

Chairman NICE

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Partnership – the Way Forward

We recently announced our Annual General Meeting to be held on the 29th Oct, 7.30pm in the Community & Arts Centre. There are some key issues on the agenda and we encourage as many of our 1000+ members as possible to attend. Around a year ago we were delighted that Highland Council declared their intention to work in partnership with us in the development of the Old Social Work Building. A valuation was sought and a price for its purchase agreed. However, our plans to work with an anchor tenant fell through at the last minute. We were therefore unable to submit our offer to buy within the alloted timetable. An extension to that timetable was refused and as a result we have struggled to fully understand what Highland Council meant by partnership working.

In all our discussion around town centre development with Highland Council and other town centre stakeholders, especially during the specially convened Charrette, there was general agreement on the way forward. Through the NICE survey many local residents also fed their ideas into the debate. The big issue to be faced – as it always has-  is how to convert these ideas into practical outcomes. We have yet to find a mechanism for working in partnership and it is increasingly clear that doing so is complex. We now recognise that whatever Highland Council agree, it is important that our local elected representatives also support partnership working.

We believe that the only way to make progress on the OSWB and town centre development in general is to sit round the table with our four local councillors and draw up an agreed agenda. This we have now agreed to do before the AGM. As a Community Development Trust we can bring certain things to the table that the local authority cannot so it makes perfect sense to work together. We look forward to our meeting and hope we’ll be able to define a use for the OSWB that will see it used for the benefit of the community.

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NICE Annual General Meeting 2014

NAIRN IMPROVEMENT COMMUNITY ENTERPRISE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the third ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the above company will be held at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 29th October 2014 at the Nairn Community & Arts Centre for the purpose of the following business:

1 Welcome & Introduction
2 Apologies for Absence
3 Secretary’s Report
4 Chairman’s Report
5 Consideration of Accounts for year ended 30 November 2013
6 Election of Directors (under the Company’s Articles Campbell Mair, Graham Kerr & Matthew Hilton will be retiring and may offer themselves for re-election)
7 RESOLUTION to add postcodes IV2 7PJ and IV2 7SQ to Appendix 1 of the Company’s Articles.
8 Proposal to work with Nairn Citizen’s Advice Bureau for joint use of the Old Social Work Building.
9 Proposal to establish a subsidiary company to deliver the Sandown Park & Wetlands Project.
10 Discussion of “Developing a Partnership Approach” with Highland Council in relation to the recent Charrette for the Town Centre.
11 Any Other Business

Agenda items 8 – 10 are particularly important, and Members are encouraged to appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf if they are unable to attend in person. The appointment of a proxy should be made using this form – AGM PROXY2014 and be received by the Company Secretary by 7.30 pm on 27th October 2014.

A copy of the company’s Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 30th November 2013 are available here

DATED this 13th day of October 2014.
BY ORDER OF THE BOARD
Michael Barnett
Secretary
Company No: SC388110
Registered Office: Drumdelnies, by Nairn, IV12 5NT
mbarnett@macline.co.uk

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