Alistair Noble speaking at the Nairn West and Suburban Community Council meeting on Monday night expressed his anger at the delay in Highland Council signing off the BID document that businesses in Nairn would vote on. He said:
“One of the things that really annoyed me is that the document that was meant to be signed off between the BID and the Council, they've had it for roughly four months, quite clearly said there would be no parking charges in Nairn for the five years that the BID would be in existence. I can only assume that some of the delay in signing off that document was because that people knew that there was going to be parking charges or an attempt to bring in parking charges.
I personally find it very frustrating that we have so much that is positive and good looking forward that we are right back into some of these absolutely crazy arguments where the BID is diverted to arguing about parking. Because there's absolutely no doubt in anyone's mind that parking charges and restrictions on toilets and charging for toilets is going to tear the heart out of the centre of Nairn and that cannot be in Nairnshire's good, it cannot be in the Council's good, it can't be in the Scottish Government's good and it certainly can't be in the Westminster Government's good. So we really have to decide what we are doing about all of this and try and come up with a much better way of working together."