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Alert over growth of holiday homes in Dales

PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 12:04 pm
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From The Yorkshire Post, 12th March 2010 -

ALARMING new figures have revealed up to half of all houses in vast swathes of the Yorkshire Dales are holiday homes, despite all efforts to increase affordable accommodation in the area.

The report includes an interview with Paula Leason, 38, and partner Patrick Maunder, 42, joint licensees of the King's Head pub in Gunnerside, Swaledale. Paula explains the difficulties they face, "We took over the pub at the end of last August and in that time a couple of houses have been sold for holiday cottages. Over the last few years 10 to 15 people have died, and their houses have all been bought up as holiday cottages. People say that all the tourists must be good for business but the majority that stay in the village bring all of their own food and drink with them and don't contribute to the economy."