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.
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.
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.
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
Flooding of Fishertown
Urgent action is needed to protect Fishertown conservation site from River and sea flooding
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
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
HIE/Coastal/Fishing /Harbour money to buy capacity to get this done.
Professional engineering and architect input.
Dr Alastair L Noble