Another Parking Charges article in the Press and Journal today with folk outlining their major concerns that parking charges will damage Highland communities:
"David Richardson, Highlands and Islands development manager for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), said the move will encourage shoppers to “abandon” high streets in favour of free parking at supermarkets and retail parks, or do more shopping online."
And another quote:
"Nairn Suburban and West Community Council chairman Richard Youngson is concerned with the failure to consult the local community over the charges.
He fears that any loss of town centre footfall will be compounded if the administration swiftly approves future plans for out-of-town retailers or food outlets.
Mr Youngson said: “We feel that putting in parking charges is just ridiculous. We are making a very strong case to Highland Council to say ‘Look, you have to listen. If you go down this road, all you will do is kill the town centres of Nairn, Dingwall and the rest.’"