Village To Benefit From New Tourism Funding

A group of Cotswold residents are set to benefit from funds raised by visiting tourists.

A new tourism charge is being made at the Rissington Road car park in Bourton-on-the-Water.

Cotswold District Council brought the charge in on March 8th this year and funds raised will be spent on projects and activities in the village to help manage the volume of visitors who arrive to enjoy what picturesque Bourton has to offer.

A public consultation has been held with residents giving their opinions on how to spend the funds raised from the charge and suggest their own ideas.

Residents highlighted that they would like to see improvements to the infrastructure of the village to help manage the impact of mass tourism.

Jon Dearing, Group Manager for Resident Services at Cotswold District Council, thanked residents for engaging with the consultation.

He 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.”

Jon added, “To ensure that 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.”

For every stay at the Rissington Road car park, 50p will be charged and the council expects this to raise £25,000 a year.

Any additional money generated will be spent in the village, with unspent funds carried over for use in future years.