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Bourton putting tourism charge to work

Bollards to prevent illegal parking and Increased litter and recycling are among measures which will be paid for by a new tourism charge in Bourton-on-the-Water.

The charge was introduced by Cotswold District Council at Rissington Road car park last month to fund projects which would help manage the volume of visitors to the picturesque village.

And after a public consultation, the council's cabinet agreed three areas which will receive additional funding.

As well as more large capacity litter bins and additional recycling units, bollards will be installed on the verge opposite the car park to stop illegal parking.

And there will be increased officer presence to promote good behaviour and signpost tourists and visitors to car parks and facilities during the peak visitor season.

The council's group manager for resident services Jon Dearing said: "The tourism charge will help to raise funds to spend on projects and activities in the village to manage the volume of visitors who come to enjoy what Bourton-on-the-Water has to offer.

"To ensure local needs are listened to and the best value is obtained from the funding available, the council will hold an annual consultation to seek feedback on changes and identify other investment ideas for consideration."

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