Tourist Taxplan mooted
The closure of the People’s Palace in Glasgow will negatively affect visitors to the museum and gardens from Rutherglen and Cambuslang.
That is the view of MSP James Kelly, who has criticised Glasgow City Council over its plans to shut the visitor attraction at the end of the year.
The council’s SNP administration has defended its controversial move to shut the People’s Palace, citing structural concerns with part of the business.
Opposition Labour politicians say this proves the need for a local tourist tax to allow local authorities to reinvest in cultural spaces like the People’s Palace.
James Kelly MSP said: “People across Rutherglen and Cambuslang enjoy visiting the People’s Palace at Glasgow Green and its closure should shame the SNP leadership on Glasgow City Council.
“It is now time for the Nationalist leadership to find the courage to tell the Scottish Government to introduce a tourist tax so that our cultural heritage does not suffer as a result of cuts.”
A petition launched to save the People’s Palace from closure has been signed by almost 40,000 people.