Cornwall ‘can’t cope’ with influx of visitors

Crowds of people have gathered on the beach at Sennen Cove in Cornwall this week. (Getty Images)

The Head of Visit Cornwall has warned the county “cannot cope” with the huge influx of visitors he is seeing.

“Visitors don’t have a good experience, locals are frustrated and systems can’t cope,” Malcolm Bell told BBC News.

He added that without reducing the number of visitors “we will end up in a place we don’t want to go, a very dangerous place which is the quality of the experience for the visitor will go down, the price will go down, and we will end up. overtourism “.

“The last thing I want to see is Cornwall being destroyed by tourism.”

Experts continue to warn against travel abroad due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

And with international travel restrictions remaining in place for the summer, Cornwall is popular with vacationers who choose to have national vacations, known as vacations, within the UK.

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Visit Cornwall estimates that there are currently around 210,000 visitors to the county, up from a usual peak of 180,000 during the summer months.

Cornwall residents expressed fears last summer that they would become subject to a local lockdown as “unprecedented” numbers of tourists flocked there for vacation.

Locals have said they are afraid to leave their homes as visitors flood the area, with some comparing the beaches to ‘Benidorm on steroids’.

Local police urged tourists to be vigilant to keep the area safe.

“We hope you enjoy your summer in our beautiful part of the world,” Devon and Cornwall Police wrote on the force’s official Twitter page.

SENNEN COVE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01: People crowd into the sea to swim, surf and bodyboard at Sennen Cove on August 1, 2021 in Cornwall, England.  With restrictions on international travel remaining likely for at least this summer, many parts of the UK are expected to be very popular with holidaymakers choosing to take a domestic holiday or stay in the UK.  (Photo by Matt Cardy / Getty Images)

Cornish beaches are an attraction for vacationers. (Getty Images)

“Help us keep everyone safe. Report drug trafficking or any other suspicious activity through our online contact channels. “

In a statement sent to Yahoo News UK, Chief Superintendent Dan Evans, responsible for the summer police, said: “Cornwall’s tourism economy has suffered considerably over the past 18 months. We work closely with our partners to support local businesses and unlock our company safely and in accordance with government and medical advice.

“With the uncertainty surrounding overseas travel lingering, we expect even more people to visit the region in addition to those who have a stay and may blame them; it is a welcoming area with a community spirit and a beautiful area thanks to our moors and beaches, as well as the fact that we have one of the lowest crime rates in the country.

MEVAGISSEY, ENGLAND - JULY 29: Tourists are seen on July 29, 2021 in Mevagissey, UK.  (Photo by Finnbarr Webster / Getty Images)

Villages like the fishing port of Mevagissey have seen an influx of vacationers this week. (Getty Images)

“It has been a difficult year for all of us and many are happy to see the nightclubs reopen and the return of our evening and night economy, but please show restraint and respect to our resident communities and each other. towards others.

“We will not tolerate those who think it is okay to spoil this for others, so we are working hard to tackle anti-social behavior in the region.”

Viv Robinson, a tour guide in Cornwall, wrote on Twitter that she had “never seen it so busy – queues for everything”.

The Royal Albert Bridge (foreground) and the Tamar Bridge (background) over the River Tamar at Saltash, between Cornwall and Devon, United Kingdom, June 1961. The Royal Albert Bridge was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in the middle of the XIXth century.  (Photo by Garry Hogg / Getty Images)

Activists threatened to block the Royal Albert Bridge (foreground) and Tamar Bridge (background) to prevent vacation home owners from entering the county. (Getty Images)

The influx of tourists has been rapid since schools closed for the summer in July, but holidaymakers planning to visit Britain’s southernmost county in the coming weeks could face delays if a protest against owners of second homes in Cornwall continues.

Kernow Matters to Us, a Cornish campaign group, has threatened to block all roads to Cornwall to prevent non-locals from entering the area, in a bid to ensure that every ‘Cornish person’ first gets a foyer.

The group said it was discussing the possibility of blocking roads, including the A30 and the Tamar Bridge if the issue was not resolved.

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A spokesperson said: “It is in our power to do these things and there is not much to stop us.”

The comments came as it was announced that a protest will be held in Truro later this month to highlight the growing housing crisis in Cornwall.

It was previously revealed that dozens of former social housing units were illegally rented as student accommodation and AirBnB for profit.

Kernow Matters to Us said this keeps these properties at high rent and inaccessible to local people in need.

NEWQUAY, ENGLAND - JULY 29: A Cornwall Council mobile notice board indicating COVID-19 cases are high in Newquay is seen on July 29, 2021 in Newquay, UK.  (Photo by Finnbarr Webster / Getty Images)

Mobile Cornwall City Council notice boards have been placed on main roads to remind tourists to take precautions against the capture or spread of the coronavirus. (Getty Images)

Cornwall council announced in 2019 that it would take legal action against landlords who failed to meet commitments related to the sale of former council houses.

However, there are now fears that the promise to act was dropped when council agents were diverted to other roles due to the COVID pandemic.

A spokesperson for Kernow Matters said: ‘We can’t live like this anymore, and we will not accept that the growing homelessness in Cornwall and the ever rising house prices become an accepted part. of life.

“We demand action, we demand change, we demand dignity.

“We’re not just bartenders, ice cream servers and lifeguards, we’re people who deserve to be able to rent and buy where we live.

“This is a protest to demand immediate and urgent action from our MPs and Westminster to deal with this crisis.

“We deserve affordable housing and rental properties. Cornwall is not a playground, it’s not just a tourist hotspot and a great place to live by the beach if you have it. money for it – it’s our home, it’s our culture, our family, friends, livelihood – and we can’t even afford to live here.

“Gone are second homes. Gone are exorbitant rents. Gone are vacation rentals compared to social housing. Enough is enough.”

Formed in 2015 to proclaim and celebrate Cornish culture, history, language and music ‘while speaking out shamelessly for Cornish people’, members of Kernow Matters support the Cornish national minority.

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