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Dorset resident Maris Lake has proposed a tax on tourists as he believes they’re liable for littering the local beaches around Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. He began a petition on Change.org earlier this week calling for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council to introduce a tax on tourists.

He wrote: “Every yr – especially after the Covid lockdown – BCP’s sandy beaches are getting increasingly more trashed.

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“This is completed mostly by outside travellers who travel long hours from far-off to spend a day or two on our most beautiful beaches.

“I’m calling on BCP council to introduce a tourism tax to anyone who enters the BCP area and isn’t local nor has any connections to the realm (family, relatives, etc).

“This is able to be in place through the summer season and at a certain distance from the seafront.”

The petition has gained over 400 signatures and Mr Lake suggested that the cash constructed from the tax could possibly be put towards “much-needed BCP improvements”, including cleansing the beaches.

Nevertheless, local Conservative councillor Beverley Dunlop said the upkeep of the beach comes at “no cost to local taxpayers”.

She said: “All our leisure, culture, events and festivals, are paid for by seafront income, which also generates tens of millions of kilos back into the support of other services.

“‘Taxing’ visitors could be a rare move for a UK destination, highly impractical, invasive and would actively deter visitors, putting all the advantages they convey to our area in danger. Visitors and native people all have a component to play in respecting our seafront.

“We welcome everyone who appreciates the wonder and vibrancy of the BCP area. We encourage those visitors to remain in our hotels and luxuriate in our seafront and towns anytime.”

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Many Britons are selecting to holiday within the UK following the pandemic, and a few residents in Devon have expressed disappointment towards the lack of the county’s coastline.

Suzy Bennett said she moved from London to Devon 14 years ago to benefit from the county’s “raw, wild countryside”.

Writing in The Telegraph she said: “Now not is it a spot you go through on the option to Cornwall, but a destination in its own right.

“Single-track roads are clogged with cars and tourist coaches. The countryside and coastline are being eaten up by huge caravan parks.

“And there’s a chronic housing shortage, partly because homeowners are renting their properties to the lucrative holiday let market, moderately than local people.”

So what do YOU think? Should British holiday destinations herald a tourist tax? Vote in our poll and leave your thoughts within the comment section below.

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