Views sought on proposed visitor levy

VIEWS are being sought on a proposed piece of Scottish legislation which – if passed by MSPs – would enable local authorities to charge visitors to their area a likely modest fee, the proceeds of which could potentially be used to improve the urban fabric.

Says a consultation, here, launched by the Scottish Government: “The Scottish Government has proposed a new law which would allow local authorities to introduce an additional charge when someone pays for overnight accommodation.

“MSPs on the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government, Housing and Planning committee are looking at the details of the proposals, and want to know what people think about them.

“Knowing your views will help them think about ways that could improve the proposed law, and whether the draft Bill should be passed into law by the whole [Scottish] Parliament.”

Details of the Bill were reported last month, here, on The City of Edinburgh Council was particularly enthusiastic.

The consultation ends September 1.

Pictured: A possible candidate for a dedicated team of ‘urban realm carers’? Picture credit: Place Design Scotland

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