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Wanchap makes no sense on development

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This doesn’t make sense. If the number of tourists went up would we just keep building more and more houses?

Why don’t the tourists help pay for the damage? In many parts of Europe and USA a small ‘bed tax’ raises funds to provide local facilities.

Business owners usually protest when this is proposed because they don’t want to collect it but the alternatives are higher rates or an overcrowded and overdeveloped town.

Patsy Brosnan, Suffolk Park

 


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