Dorset residents are campaigning to introduce a tourist tax in Bournemouth. Many are angry that the beaches in the popular staycation area have been “polluted” this summer.
Local resident Maris Lake has launched a petition calling for a tax on people entering a certain zone in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
Mr Lake said only local residents or those visiting relatives living in the area will be exempt.
In the change.org petition, Mr Lake says: “Every year – especially after the Covid lockdown – sandy beaches are more and more destroyed.
“This is usually done by remote travelers who travel long hours from far away to spend a day or two on our most beautiful beaches.
“I call on the BCP Council to introduce a tourist tax for anyone entering the BCP area who is not local and also has no connection to the area.
“This would be in place during the summer season and at a certain distance from the sea.
“It can be easily done by a license plate recognition system and permits can be managed online and granted for visiting relatives or something along those lines.”
Mr Lake added that the money raised from the scheme could be spent on “much needed” improvements to the area.
Wales is also considering introducing a tourist tax with a consultation on the idea being planned.
Some officials believe that tourists should pay a small tax to cover the cost of services in honeypot areas.
However, many people who work in the tourism industry fear that a tax could stop people from holidaying in Wales.
Wales has a growing tourism industry and has become a popular destination since the pandemic.
Express.co.uk has contacted BCP for comment.