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More than a dozen people attended the Rate Your Estate walkabout at Boath Park in Nairn with council officials

By Donald Wilson

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Nairn. Picture: Gary Anthony
Nairn. Picture: Gary Anthony

A similar productive walkabout had already been held in Queenspark.

Boath Park resident William Milne said he believed it was a productive meeting.

“I hope some of the issues raised by the residents will be addressed. The biggest concern was the parking and traffic entering Boath Park. Service buses have to come on the pavement quite often as it’s very tight to get past. This is a safety issue in itself. But There are also concerns about the speed of traffic in a built up area with children running about. “Trying to enter Grantown Road from Balmakeith Drive is unsafe because of traffic often travelling at high speed is coming from both directions. The poor condition of some of the gardens, paths and roads was raised.

“Unfortunately there was no mention of housing improvements we have been promised to windows, kitchens and doors. On a positive side Boath Park is a good place to live in with a good sense of community where people look after each other.”

At last week’s Nairn River Community Council meeting, Chairman Hamish Bain and Secretary Veronica Mackinnon said they attended and called for pedestrians to be given priority at the crossing at Grantown Road to the riverside.

“This is supposed to be a ‘Safer Route to Schools’ route,” said Ms Mackinnon.

“It’s not safe and it’s used by a lot of very heavy articulated lorries.”

It was also pointed out that a street light at the crossing had not been operating most of last winter.

Mr Bain said unfortunately the officials present said issues to do with the roads were not their responsibility.

“I said these were health and safety concerns and they said these would be passed to the relevant authorities.”

A Highland Council spokesman said: “Highland Council recently invited tenants in Boath Park to meet local housing staff and have a walkabout in the area. “This gave tenants the opportunity to highlight areas of concern and make suggestions about future investment. A council spokesman said: “Various issues were discussed including capital works, weedkilling and improvements to signage.

“We also had some general discussions about parking and potential road safety improvements which will be shared with the council’s roads and transport service.”

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