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Talks to be held on new parking fees for Nairn

By Scott Maclennan

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New parking charges for three sites in Nairn will be discussed by Highland councillors.

Highland Council’s Nairnshire Committee was due to consider the introduction of a voluntary parking charges system at the harbour, the Maggot and in Cumming Street today, but the meeting was postponed due to the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.

The move comes as the rise in staycations sparked fears of traffic management issues when the lockdown is eased, and the council believes introducing parking meters would help.

But there would be no enforcement, and signs would say that paying for parking was optional. The temporary move would be for the 2021 season only, with more detailed proposals and consultation emerging later in the year.

Councillors were also set to discuss Nairn’s allocation of more than £3 million from Crown Estates revenues.

A future meeting will consider St Ninian Football Club’s request for £3000 to purchase new equipment and storage which will enable the group to continue promoting participation in football. They will also look at an application by Nairn BID for £8590 to make the town more welcoming by upgrading outdated signs and replacing picnic tables on the links and at the harbour.

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