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YOUR VIEWS: Nairn traffic problems and Games march row, plus Hydro Ness praise

By Gregor White

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Traffic congestion in Nairn is a long-standing problem.
Traffic congestion in Nairn is a long-standing problem.

Readers share their views on a range of topics. What do you think?

Traffic lights in Nairn

Coming from Nairn but living in Forres, we enjoy coming through and watching the cricket at the Nairn Links. But over the last few years I am beginning to feel that the frustration and time to negotiate the traffic is becoming too onerous.

We were there last month and watched a very entertaining match between Nairn and Fort Augustus. While there my wife struck up a conversation with two Nairn ladies and of course the topic of their talks soon came round to the traffic.

One of the ladies came out with a very amusing quote: “They are now running bus tours from Blackpool to see the lights at Nairn.” Funny, but also serious, traffic is a serious health issue for all those that live adjacent to the A96 through Nairn.

Where is the bypass? Long promised by the SNP and the excuse that the Greens are holding them back is not acceptable.

Finlay G Mackintosh, Forres

Hydro project opens

Well done and thank you for the excellent coverage of the Hydro Ness project – an outstanding and important initiative for the Highlands.

I am very impressed by the finished structure and it is very close to the vision I had for the site when I set out my idea to colleagues and the council back in 2018. May I congratulate the contractor for interpreting the concept into a visually stimulating attraction and to the council members who embraced the vision.

I am especially pleased that the legacy goes beyond the obvious environmental gain with the STEM links and bringing the technology to the engineers of the future. It is wonderful to see the picture I painted to my team back on a winter’s day in the castle offices on the hydro come to life and add value to the city.

It would be good to thank those who played a significant role on the development: Stewart Gilfillan, Graham Martin, Michael Kelly, Douglas Burns, Robbie Bain and the energy and sustainability team. We all fought hard to get the project across the line and should feel satisfied that it has been worth all the pain.

Eddie Boyd, Liverpool

Games’ band route

I AM really shocked that the pipe bands at the Nairn Games are not allowed to march down the A96.

I can understand all the health and safety concerns but this is 10 minutes. Once a year, I was very proud as Provost to be part of the march.

Come on Nairn police where is your community spirit, and come on our councillors, MP and MSP – make this happen.

Sandy Park

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