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Plans for new pedestrian crossing in Nairn town centre

By Gregor White

Nairn Courthouse before it was wrapped in scaffolding to enable ongoing refurbishment work.
Nairn Courthouse before it was wrapped in scaffolding to enable ongoing refurbishment work.

A NEW pedestrian crossing will be created in the High Street later this year.

Highland Council says bollards will be installed and crossing lighting commissioned after scaffolding has been dismantled and removed from renovation works at the Nairn Courthouse building.

Councillor Tom Heggie, chairman of the council’s Nairnshire Committee said: “Pedestrians will be given priority with the introduction of this new crossing. Nairnshire councillors agreed to proceed with the crossing after consultation with the Nairn Access Panel.

“The members were delighted to work with the access panel to provide an additional safe crossing for people in the High Street. The crossing will be of benefit all year round for locals and visitors to Nairn.”

Cable ducting and poles for the crossing lights have already been installed, as have dropped kerbs.

Members were recently given an update at the Nairnshire Committee on the Courthouse renovation works including an overview focusing on the need to address structural integrity matters of the property and the 48-week programme including the removal of the spire which is due to take place during July and August.

Members were advised that presentation boards about the renovations works would be made available for the public to view either in the Courthouse lobby or in the external entrance way formed by the scaffold.

A decision has yet to be made on whether the former flagpole will be reinstated, as the existing parapet stonework had been weakened by movement of the pole. The operation of raising and lowering flags via the narrow tower access ladder is also under review.

The steeple clock will be removed by specialist contractors for protection and stored and serviced before being restored at the end of the project.

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