REGARDING the campaign for a lower VAT rate for tourism services (Gazette March 10), the EU passed a law in March 2009 granting a five per cent VAT rate to labour-intensive services such as restaurants, pubs, cafes and hotels etc.
So far nothing has been published about this in Britain, despite the fact it affects everyone who buys a meal in a pub, restaurant or cafe or stays in a hotel. The previous Labour Government ignored this directive, as has the present Coalition Government.
My husband Giuliano and I own Mamma’s Ristorante, Topping Street, Blackpool, and therefore I have lobbied my MP Paul Maynard regarding this.
He has written to the minister responsible for VAT at the Treasury. As yet, we are awaiting a reply.
The head of Travelodge is also campaigning for this, as well as Camra.
I, therefore, ask everyone who owns a restaurant, cafe, pub, hotel or has anything to do with tourism to lobby their MP for a VAT reduction, as has been adopted throughout Europe.
The benefits for Blackpool and tourism would be enormous.
SUSAN AND GIULIANO GIACOMINI
WHY spoil Blackpool with skateboarding and pop concerts on the main Promenade, thus bringing it into the 21st century?
Let’s take a breath and go back in the past like Eastbourne, and keep all kids’ rides and amusements down one end of the Prom, which they do, and keep the main Promenade for laid out gardens of flower beds and lots of seating.
Give us back some of the past which lots of people crave for in this mad world we live in, where everything in life is commercialised and not all for the good of the community.
WE had a great night out at Fleetwood’s Marine Hall listening to the Temperance Seven, supported by Mike Lovell’s Six-In-A-Bar with Rosie.
They were both well received, but to call Six-In-A-Bar the support band was an understatement.
They were every bit as slick and professional as the main attraction.
I’m told there are another two great jazz concerts booked for later on this year, in June and October, at the Marine Hall.