In a letter to the town's four Highland Councillors, Sheena Baker, chair of Nairn West and Suburban Community Council states:
"This CC is concerned at the exceedingly high level of exhaust emissions along the A96 and Leopold Street. This is detrimental to the health of anyone walking, living, or working in the vicinity.
A few years back, Johnny Moran of Scottish Government initiated monitoring equipment being placed by the school. Regrettably, this failed to return any results as those present at his meetings were advised the equipment may have been vandalised!
Time moves on and with the ever-increasing traffic delays throughout Nairn, especially the A96 and Leopold Street, we believe it is now a matter of urgency for the pollution levels to be monitored.
Traders in Leopold Street have found the exhaust emissions pervading their premises. With the warmer summer weather shop doors are left open and the fumes are noticeable in their shops. This is not a healthy situation for the business owners and their staff all of whom are in these buildings for many hours at a time. Customers have also noticed the fumes and whilst they may not be breathing them in as the staff are for protracted times it will still be having a detrimental affect on their health walking along the roadsides with the queues of static or extremely slow moving traffic.
The lights at the Leopold junction clearly need attention as do the Lochloy junction set. If lucky, four sometimes five cars manage to get out of Leopold Street before the lights change again. When the traffic is backed up across the A96 yellow boxes and along the front of the bus station car park sometimes only one manages to get out.
Can I ask the four of you to initiate a scheme to have monitors placed in several locations along the A96, especially near the many sets of lights where traffic is stopped? Likewise, in Leopold Street, either of the area close to Brambles or Hair Dimensions would be good locations."