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Tourism tax ‘justified’ by need to clean up after visitors filling up other people’s bins

24 Jun 2022 3 minute read
Dyfrig Siencyn, the leader of Gwynedd Council

Dale Spridgeon, local democracy reporter

Gwynedd Council’s leader has mooted the “tourism tax” as a solution to holidaymakers to the area who are failing to “recycle properly”.

Councillor Dyfrig Siencyn said he was “aware” of the problem adding that he thought it was “justified” to raise money to help deal with the problem.

The issue came to light during a full meeting of Gwynedd Council on Thursday, June 23.

Independent Councillor Dewi Owen highlighted an issue over visitors to the seaside village of Aberdyfi who he claimed were “putting the wrong stuff” into the black bin bags.

Some visitors, he added, were also regularly filling up other people’s bins with their rubbish.

Cllr Owen called on the council to “do something”, saying it was known by the council where the houses were located.

He said: “There are over 500 holiday and second homes in Aberdyfi and many of them do not pay rates.

“They are the ones who don’t separate their waste appropriately. They put it all in the residual bins.”


Cllr Siencyn said: “I am aware of the problem, Dewi and that it is justification in my mind, to charge a tourist tax so that we can have additional resources to deal with such matters.”

Steffan Jones, Head of Department for Highways and Municipal, added: “Yes. The point you make is very fair, Councillor, it can be seen in many places across the county to be honest, where holiday homes are located.

“You are quite right when you say, that they don’t make correct use of the service we offer.

“We are facing a challenge to change that procedure and for our recycling officers to go out and target and make sure that we have compliance with the service we provide.”

He added he would make contact with Cllr Owen “to look at”, specifically, what could be done about the problem in Aberdyfi.

‘Extra costs’

Speaking after the meeting Dolbenmaen ward councillor Cllr Stephen Churchman, said: “I am not against a tourism tax in principle, but they haven’t got the right to do it but they are pushing for it.

“It shouldn’t be seen as a penalty, it’s actually about trying to raise money to cover the cost of what we are having spend with regards to the extra work created, we’re having to use extra staff to deal with it.

“Visitors bring money into the area, but on this one it is causing extra costs to us.

“I am interested in this issue, particularly with regard to raising it with scrutiny, so we can try and understand the full extent of the problem.

“If it is only an occasional problem why use a tax?

“But if it is more extensive, we do need to do something to recoup costs to us.”

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Dai Rob
Dai Rob
1 year ago

Should be banned, outright. Simples.

1 year ago

The winds of change and the tide of history are at last all in our favour across the nations of these islands.

Second Homes / Tourism Tax

Cumbria to Cymru to Cornwall
Isle of Wight to the Peak District
Yorkshire to East Anglia

Political ? Certainly 👍🏼

Lib Dems in Cumbria villages

Tory’s in East Anglia coast

Labour in the Peaks

Independents & Mebyon Kernow in Cornwall plus coastal Yorkshire

Plaid in Gwynedd, Conwy & Dyfed

We’ve all had enough – 👌

1 year ago

I totally agree with a tourism tax the burden on already poorly funded infrastructure is a cost picked up by locals. I recall a study that showed that people staying in statics tend to buy foods and drinks at home then travel. I can’t see the benefit to the local economy compared to a day tripper. To say we need tourism as an industry is false. We need none seasonal higher paying industry’s and if people want to come visit they are more than welcome and they will be visiting happier, cleaner places. With more domestic wealth to support restaurants,… Read more »

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