Whitby loses character amid Airbnb racketeering and housing crisis – Yorkshire Post Letters

The impact of Airbnb rentals on resorts like Whitby was highlighted by columnist Andrew Vine.

I ALWAYS read the My Yorkshire columns in your Saturday magazine. Most respondents, when asked if Yorkshire has changed for the better or for the worse, generally rate ‘better’ and cite diversity as one of the reasons.

In the human population yes, but we are losing diversity in the most important thing – nature. Our flora and fauna are in rapid decline.

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The impact of Airbnb rentals on cities like York has been highlighted.

I was born in the 1940s and have lived in South Yorkshire / Bassetlaw most of my life. We have lost meadows of wildflowers, beautiful forests and wetlands – all under brick and concrete. The UK is now the 21st most densely populated country, with England significantly higher than other source countries. With this increase in population, there is a corresponding increase in road traffic.

We used to go to Whitby in the 1960s and 1970s, and although we had to go through York, we got to Whitby faster than today.

Whitby was so exciting when the fishing fleet arrived docked four abreast in the harbor with a harbor side catch auction. It’s all gone since Ted Heath gave up our fishing rights when we joined the Common Market. Whitby now relies on tourism. Most of the cottages that were once reserved for fishermen are now vacation homes and Whitby has lost its character (like so many places across the country).

I guess people will call it “progress”, but what I regret is the loss of flora and fauna.

From: Roger Backhouse, York.

The excellent ANDREW Vine article (The Yorkshire Post, August 3) highlights the worsening problem of short-term rentals crowding out residential use and forcing guesthouses to close.

Unfortunately, this is not just a problem with seaside towns, although Whitby is particularly affected.

York has many such places and the Airbnb curse has reached the suburbs of York.

Even relatively well-paid professionals such as dentists are being squeezed out of the York residential market – so God knows what it must be for the lower paid people in town.

So far, the government has refused to allow any exemptions for places outside London to limit those places.

He also does not encourage HMRC to investigate and ensure that the correct tax is paid on these businesses.

Unfortunately, the voices of second home owners are very strong and many MPs have second homes (or even a third).

So I am afraid that government action is unlikely.

Thus, the tragedy of dying communities and the loss of vital services will continue.

Thanks to the Yorkshire Post for raising these important questions.

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