Tourist Tax­plan mooted

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Marc McLean

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.

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