Michael Green was the only Highland Councillor present at the meeting of West/Suburban Community Council on Monday night in the Community Centre when the topic of the threat of parking charges being implemented in the town was discussed.
Dick Youngson the Chair of NWSCC told the meeting: "We've always managed to resist it and avoid it in the past clearly on the basis that Nairn depends on people, depends on the parking, because all this will do is drive people out to the supermarkets that have free parking.
Michael Green then spoke: "I'm not sure where this has come from, the way the budget process works, everything is up for discussion and they put forward all the scenarios, everything it costs is broken down and it says what if we did this, what if we did this.
I would suggest to you that it is very, very unlikely. It is incredibly unlikely that this will happen. It's just a scenario and it is meant to be sort of private discussions but obviously something like that has leaked out."
Michael then reminisced: "I remember going back 20 years or so when Sheena Baker and I were running the ANB and a similar thing raised its head. We led the campaign which was not too onerous because what transpired was that it would cost incredible sums of money to put in a parking system and it would generate very little. The same applies even more so there is no capital really. It's not a priority to put in traffic systems, parking systems in Nairn
So it is incredibly unlikely and what was driving it transpired was seemingly some councillors down in Fort William who couldn't get to sleep at night with the thought of folk in Nairn getting free parking.
It was a scenario that comes up every year and every year it is knocked back. So I would suggest the same thing will happen this year. "