For the past three years the Society has been negotiating with Highland Council officials for the Mill Road site. It has been lying unmanaged for many years and had been identified as a possible development site. Eventually SEPA scheduled the site as unsuitable for building because of its position on the River Nairn flood plain.
The Society then obtained the support of Nairn’s ward Manager and the four Ward Councillors. On 9 September 2010 the full Highland Council meeting of Councillors agreed to lease the sight on a 21 year Agreement with the Society to create allotments for the community due to a Waiting List of over 40 families, individuals and groups.
All community groups and adjacent land and business owners were contacted to seek their support and requests for future access or safety of underground power cables – Scotrail/Railtrack, Scottish & Southern Energy/Hydro Board, Police, Highland Council Lighting and Community Councils.
The site was surveyed, a site plan was prepared for 30 plots varying to 100m2,50m2,25m2 and a number of smaller raised beds. Sites for a communual site shed/meeting room and communal poly tunnel were identified. The layout included an existing access road off Mill Road to an existing car park in the centre of the site for 4 or 5 cars.
Now the work is ready to start in 2010 with the help of a funding package from Leader and hopefully by the summer of 2011 the first produce will being harvested by the new allotment holders.