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The Oban Times - - Letters -

A pro­posal to in­tro­duce some kind of ‘tourist tax’ to help fund pub­lic toi­lets and lit­ter clear­ance drew a spir­ited re­sponse from read­ers.

Tom Hay­ward ar­gued: ‘An is­sue with tax­ing tourists is that as one of only 4 EU states that charge full VAT on tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity, oth­ers charge from as low as 3%, ef­fec­tively we al­ready have that be­cause of this. How would you prove what lit­ter was from a tourist and which was from locals, es­pe­cially near road­sides?’ Wil­lie Mac­Don­ald said: ‘Seems like a sen­si­ble idea so long as there is a mech­a­nism which makes sure the monies raised are spent in the lo­cal area.’ De­bra Brown John­son lamented: ‘ The only prob­lem with a “tourist tax” is it will be col­lected & sent to West­min­ster never to be seen again. Un­less they come up with a means of re­tain­ing it in the lo­cal coun­cil.’

Vicki Bur­nett posted: ‘ So dread­ful that peo­ple think it’s ok to lit­ter up the beau­ti­ful coun­try­side – we come to Scot­land twice a year in our van and if we ever wild camp we al­ways clear any lit­ter we come across. I’d be happy to pay a ‘tax’ as a vis­i­tor – what­ever helps the area and econ­omy.’

Karen An­der­son said: ‘ Yep, it should be the same as we’re charged go­ing to Europe in tourist tax!! Although it’s not just tourists that leave the mess be­hind!!!’ David Wheater wrote: ‘Sadly, it does seem to be get­ting worse and it’s re­ally bro­ken my heart to visit lots of my spe­cial places around the coun­try this year to find them strewn with lit­ter and rub­bish. I’m re­ally at a loss as to how peo­ple can do this in such beau­ti­ful places. it’s a huge worry to me that we’re mess­ing our own nest and there’s not a thing we can ef­fec­tively do about it. Very sad.’

Robert McCall af­firmed: ‘ Yes !! If you visit any of the Balearic Is­lands in Spain you are re­quired to pay a “Tourist tax” for your ac­com­mo­da­tion at a rate of 2eu­ros per night which then goes to the lo­cal gov­ern­ment to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment and as­sist with the up­keep of the is­lands.. Seems only fair that we do the same here.’

Re­becca McKen­zie posted: ‘I just hate it when tourists and mem­bers of the pub­lic use bins that be­long to busi­nesses. The busi­ness does not pay for the pub­lic to use them, that’s what pub­lic bins are for.’

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