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Comedian's £10 Tourist Tax Plan
10:32am 4th September 2014
(Updated 10:32am 4th September 2014)
A Cornish comedian has come up with a tourist tax plan to save Cornwall from the cuts.
The Kernow King led the fight against the pasty tax.
Now he tells Pirate FM it is time to make visitors help pay for stuff like roads, lifeguards and toilets.
He suggests that could happen through a £10 charge for coming to the Duchy.
It is as Cornwall Council consults on £200m worth of cuts, that could mean hundreds of staff lose their jobs.
The comedian, whose real name is Ed Rowe, said: "Losing toilets at Gyllyngvase beach would be a disaster. Same with the roads - pot holes. We get millions of visitors driving on our roads, surely we shouldn't be subsidising them to the extent we do.
"Perhaps it's time to stop with the nicey-nicey and get a bit dirty.
"Would a tenner really put people off coming an extra few miles into Cornwall? This is M&S lemonade. Cornwall is M&S lemonade. Let's get snobby about our beautiful Duchy. Let's think about what brand Cornwall is and let's consider what it means.
"People might get their knickers in a twist as well about living in Liskeard and nipping across to Plymouth to do their bits of shopping. There's finer details like that which would need to be worked out, obviously. There are people who are paid millions of pounds to work things like that out. Let's get them down - let's get them working."
The council admits the plan could bring in around £19m.
But a report, seen by Pirate FM, reveals a similar scheme has already been considered, concluding: "Original proposal to Cabinet represented a fee per night of stay. Once this once investigated it was found that the Council could not legally enforce this proposal.
"However Cabinet members are supportive of further investigation into this area to determine if voluntary contributions are possible in any way."10:32am 4th September 2014
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