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More than £55k generated in voluntary parking charges in Nairn

By Scott Maclennan

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Parking meter in the harbour car park. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Parking meter in the harbour car park. Picture: James Mackenzie.

Nairn’s invitation to pay for parking at three sites in the town looks set to be continued for another four years amid a welcome influx of cash to local coffers.

The car parks at the Links, the Harbour and the Maggot have received a total of £55,253 through 33,717 individual transactions – despite no obligation to pay.

In 2021/22, the Links took in £17,929 and £10,026 the next year, the Harbour garnered £6503 and then £6627, while the Maggot got £9329 and then £4838.

The town's Highland councillors will be asked on Tuesday to agree to extend the scheme for another four years and continue it on a voluntary paying basis – so no enforcement.

Highland Council’s principal traffic officer Shane Manning said: “The invitation to pay scheme has been extremely successful and this report provides an update on the success to date, including the income received to the Nairn Common Good Fund and the proposed approach going forward.

“In light of the success of the scheme and its capacity to generate income for the Nairn Common Good Fund, it is proposed that the invitation to pay scheme is continued in its current form at each of the three sites detailed for a further period of four years subject to a 12-monthly review which will be reported to this [the Nairnshire] committee."

He added: “Feedback from the local community suggests that there is no local appetite to consider the introduction of mandatory charging at any of the three sites.”

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