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Old 21 March 2008, 16:06   #21
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Thats hard to answer, how far do you go, you could include road improvements for instance but I don't see any difference between our roads and the rest of the UK, lifeguard facilities come from the public purse but ad campaigns etc run by local tourist boards are funded by paid memberships.
I think you are saying you don't get diddly squat. I guess you "pays your money and take your choice". Why not ask your local councilman. However if your annual revenue is 100k then it is probably not a big issue. By comparison: Florida recreational fishing is a multi Billion $ industry so the local government make their money from income tax, hotels, resturants etc. etc. and are happy to provide the facilities that keep that going. When the market is prepared to pay $500+ per day per person for a fishing charter, it makes sense.
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Old 21 March 2008, 16:42   #22
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Add up all the business rates charged to tourist business's in Cornwall and you'd be amazed at the total, I pay over 1000.
I know business pay some high charges , but so do rest of us . Lifeguard's for one as you state . general living costs such as water rates council tax etc are all higher due to tourism . Couple that with the lower average earnings and seasonal earnings and it all adds up.

It seems Florida and other tourist areas are adressing this with taxes for tourists like you paid .

You considered the fishing tax part of your holiday expense and you were pleased with the facilities it gave you to use .

Simple taxes or charges just for tourists here would make the place a lot better , for all of us .
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Old 21 March 2008, 16:48   #23
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I know business pay some high charges , but so do rest of us . Lifeguard's for one as you state . general living costs such as water rates council tax etc are all higher due to tourism . Couple that with the lower average earnings and seasonal earnings and it all adds up.

It seems Florida and other tourist areas are adressing this with taxes for tourists like you paid .

You considered the fishing tax part of your holiday expense and you were pleased with the facilities it gave you to use .

Simple taxes or charges just for tourists here would make the place a lot better , for all of us .
Ian at last count (1998) tourism brought in 953 million to Cornwall, that 1k I pay isn't annually it's monthly.
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I don't see any difference between our roads and the rest of the UK,
That Cypress Avenue in St Austell looks pretty good to me
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Old 21 March 2008, 17:25   #25
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That Cypress Avenue in St Austell looks pretty good to me
Funny you should say that, have you been along it lately? as you come down have a look at the bollard below our entrance, its now at a 45 degree angle, a young girl coming down in the dark didn't see it (it's non reflective) had a car coming toward her with headlights on, went straight into it and was launched up and over landing upside down on the bonnet of the oncoming car!
First accident I remember on that road and within 12 months of it being replaced with modern traffic calming measures and roads signs what a cock up!
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Old 21 March 2008, 17:32   #26
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Ian at last count (1998) tourism brought in 953 million to Cornwall, that 1k I pay isn't annually it's monthly.

thats my point mate , where does it all go ?,with a population of half a million and all that money coming in why are we subsidising the costs . Clearly very little of that money actually finds its way back .

as for roads where else in the country is there a 2 lane motorway serving such a small area and population .
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Funny you should say that, have you been along it lately? as you come down have a look at the bollard below our entrance, its now at a 45 degree angle, a young girl coming down in the dark didn't see it (it's non reflective) had a car coming toward her with headlights on, went straight into it and was launched up and over landing upside down on the bonnet of the oncoming car!
No not been along it lately, will have a look over the weekend
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First accident I remember on that road and within 12 months of it being replaced with modern traffic calming measures and roads signs what a cock up!
Money well spent (I think not )
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No not been along it lately, will have a look over the weekend
count the road signs too, people are now missing our entrance completely I can only assume its because they're concentrating on all those signs,makes me wonder if they'll see pedestrians and cyclists if they can now not see two 10' by 7' signboards!
I assume your on wifi in a harbour somewhere?
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First accident I remember on that road and within 12 months of it being replaced with modern traffic calming measures and roads signs what a cock up!
Same in our village , traffic calming everywhere and eveyone swerving to avoid the bumps instead of looking where they are going . resulted in a car rolling over and jambing itself between the oncoming car parked cars blocked the village for half a day
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