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Beach users will keep on getting the message after Highland Council renews permission for Sepa's illuminated bathing water information sign to stay on Nairn Links for the next five years

By Ian Duncan

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Nairn Links.
Nairn Links.

An electronic message sign can stay in Nairn for the next five years after Highland Council renewed its planning permission.

The illuminated board, which uses an amber LED display to provide text to create its messages, is currently on land 70m west of Beachside, Links Place.

It is used to provide up-to-date bathing water information to the public and is within a metal enclosure, which measures 770mm by 470mm by 220mm, and is supported by two 2.5m posts.

Sepa had submitted the application and permission was previously granted by the council in April 2016 and February 2008.

In her report Jenna Baldie, the case officer from the council’s infrastructure and environment service, said: “The site is an area of grass adjacent to the lower public footpath at the links along Nairn seafront. Consent is sought for the continued siting of a post mounted electronic sign that provides up to date bathing water information.”

She said determination of an application for advertisement consent was concerned mainly with amenity and public safety. She added: “All relevant matters have been taken into account when appraising this application.

"It is considered that the proposal accords with the principles and policies contained within the development plan and is acceptable in terms of all other applicable material considerations.”

The planning department agreed with the recommendation and granted approval subject to a number of conditions.

All advertisements displayed, and any land used for the display of advertisements, should be maintained in a clean and tidy condition to the reasonable satisfaction of the council.

In addition, any hoarding or similar structure should be maintained in a safe condition and before any advertisement is displayed the applicant should get permission from the landowner.

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