A trader, who did not wish to be named, claimed to the Gurn that rates for a pitch at the Nairn games have gone up from £60 to £400 in the space of three years. This trader told the Gurn that they were willing to pay a fair rent but this type of increase was too much. They also feel that there should be a discount for local traders from the Nairnshire area. The trader wished to know where all the common good money collected is spent and expressed anger at the recent revelations about management of the Common Good and the problems reported in the press.
The Gurn contacted Michael Green with the traders points and he was equally forthright in his response, he said: "The complainant could also ask Danny why we are not allowed to give preference to locals but must put it out to everybody, probably something to do with free trade and avoidance of restrictive trading . Again , if they have time can he ask Danny why they charge 600 pounds per day for Inverness Games who get less than half the crowds we do!! Oh and I nearly forgot its only 100 for Sunday* and there is a waiting list of traders desperate to come."
*Michael Green is referring to Reunion Sunday after Games Day Saturday where there will be another programme of events on the Links.