3. Coastal Contribution Consultation
We are consulting with local accommodation providers close to the Teignbridge coast about the Coastal Contribution scheme.
The Coastal Contribution is a proposed visitor donation scheme. The scheme would work by asking paying guests at participating accommodation providers (within one mile off the Teignbridge coast) to voluntarily pay £1 per room per night, capped at £3. The funds raised will be used to pay for conservation and tourism related projects for the coastal areas of Teignbridge.
Our coastline remains a popular tourist destination for both UK bound visitors and increasingly for international tourists. Although this is good news for the local economy, we want to ensure the coastal areas remain protected and equipped to deal with higher visitor numbers.
Teignbridge District Council will assemble an open and transparent committee of officers, councillors, businesses and other partners to manage the project and decide where the money is spent. Accommodation providers can collect the donations either through their online booking system, at check-out or using cash boxes. Donations can then be sent electronically through an online payment system either monthly or quarterly. Guests, day visitors and other contributors will also be able to pay directly through the online payment system.
With support from accommodation providers through this consultation, we aim to get the scheme up and running by Spring/Summer 2020.
Ideas on how the money could be spent include additional and/or improved.
- Beach showers
- Beach lockers
- Cycle parking
- Lookout points
- Visitors centre
- Lifeguard coverage
- Shop front grants
- Public Wi-Fi
The money raised will not be used to substitute or top-up existing council budgets.
We want to hear your views, you can take part by completing our survey below.
Deadline for response is 27 March 2020.
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