( from this point on I will refer to motorhomes and caravans as 'caravans', and their users as caravanners. No offence is intended to either party, it simply saves me a whole lot of typing and repetition……)
The issues seem to revolve around two main points:
Firstly, we need to make sure that any area highlighted as being suitable for parking a leisure vehicle has sufficient space to do so, and is easily accessible.
Secondly, we need to address the issue of signage. The last thing that you want to do when driving a long vehicle in heavy traffic, through a town you don't know, is to have to scan every sign in the town centre , to try to find somewhere to park.
So, to work towards developing a network of recognised daytime parking sites, we intend to start scoping existing car parks, initially in Nairn and the immediate area, then gradually further afield. We will take account of:
· Space available for parking : suitability for caravans/motorhomes/ campervans
· Ease of access for vehicles of different sizes and any size limitations
· Note the details of facilities available nearby
· Suitability of area for people with mobility issues
Hopefully, we can then lobby Transport Scotland and the Highland and Moray Councils to erect simple signage on the outskirts of town to advise caravanners that they are about to enter a town that is 'caravan friendly' and they can feel free to stop, eat and shop.