ARGYLL and Bute Council has been urged to use new powers to improve local services by imposing a tourist levy. 

West Scotland Green MSP Ross Greer said the Scottish Government's Transient Visitor Levy would give the local authority extra options to pay for services - if it is passed in parliament.

Delivery of the tax was delayed by Covid.

Mr Greer said such levies are common across Europe and raise cash for services in areas with high tourism numbers.

Ross Greer MSP said: “I’m pleased that the Scottish Greens were able to secure this new power for councils and I’m confident that MSPs will agree to the proposals as they move through Parliament.

"The next step is for councils like Argyll and Bute to commit to making best use of the levy to invest in local communities and services.

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“It’s fantastic that so many people visit places like Loch Lomond and Argyll every year, but it is only fair to ask them to make a small contribution to support the community and the services they use while they are visiting.

“Overnight accommodation levies are common in towns and cities around Europe and the world. They will help us to build a fairer, greener and better future for Argyll and Bute.”

Argyll and Bute Council has been approached for comment.