Nairn River Community Council state on their website that during a recent online meeting between the town's two Community Councils and 3 of the town's Highland Councillors it emerged that :
Tuesday, September 08, 2020
Parking charges for the Harbour, the Maggot, Cumming Street/Links areas back on the Agenda - NRCC asking public questions about how to proceed with Highland Council proposals for Tourist Welcome
2/the possibility of Highland Council working with Nairn communities to bring in a new parking charges scheme on 3 'seafront' parking areas - the Harbour, the Maggot, Cumming Street/Links
Various 'business models' were described which are operating in other Highland Communities, where Highland Council oversees collection of charges and parking enforcement. Options include Council paying a one off annual rental to Nairn Common Good fund or agreeing a percentage of surplus funds to be released for local community spending."
River CC have posted additional information re this and other issues and are asking a number of questions, including the following on Parking:
1/ Do you think that parking charges should be progressed as a general principle on the 3 Common Good sites mentioned ( Harbour, Cumming St , Maggot)?
this could -be an up front a one off rental fee ( 5-10 k in other parts of Highland) a management contract where a 'cut' of the income eg 50/50 ( minus costs) comes back to CG fund. a service level agreement -which could entail a 20% fee to THC and % of net income
4/Do you want Nairn to explore other 'community led' alternatives for managing these Common Good facilities - ( eg in Findhorn a local community trust manages a car park and collects parking fees )