Cornwall news Locals back plan to regulate Cornish holiday lets UK news

PremierLeague-News.Com - Cornwall - A local artist says while her business benefits from tourism that the proposed registration systems 'can't be a bad thing'

Cornwall news Locals back plan to regulate Cornish holiday lets UK news

PremierLeague-News.Com - Cornwall - A local artist says while her business benefits from tourism that the proposed registration systems 'can't be a bad thing'

Cornwall news Locals back plan to regulate Cornish holiday lets UK news
04 August 2022 - 14:15

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Airbnb says it is giving its full support to proposed changes to holiday lets which could see them better regulated in Cornwall. The worldwide vacation rental website says it knows that tourism is important for the Cornish economy but it can also impact locals’ way of life. The company is putting its full support behind a national registration system for short-term lets while acknowledging both the positives and negatives that changes are inflicting on Cornish life, saying better regulation could "empower" Cornwall. The proposed changes come as the company shares stories of those facing the realities of the county's popularity. One artist says “Cornwall is the inspiration for my art but the visitors are the ones who give it a home". While landscaper Jaxon says holiday homes benefit his work "immensely", but they also make it difficult to get on the housing ladder. Here four locals describe the experience of living alongside visitors each year - from struggles to get on the housing ladder, to the benefit visitors have on the economy. Read more:Helston Chinese takeaway owner apologises to loyal customers for zero food hygiene rating Katy is a familiar face to locals and visitors in Newquay. Born in St Ives, her dad was a fisherman and she’s called Cornwall home for most of her life. Now she hosts guests in her spare room at home and runs an Airbnb Experience focused around the shellfish found in Cornish waters. Katy started out as a Host on Airbnb, welcoming guests into her home, something she feels gives her the benefits of travel, without leaving her home. She believes guests bring new experiences, different cultures and fresh conversations with them. When Airbnb launched Experiences, Katy saw a way to combine doing what she found most rewarding with a way to earn a living. She began to share her knowledge of preparing and cooking local seafood, something which has the benefit of supporting local fishermen too. Katy has seen the change in Cornwall happen over the last decade, one that she believes has on the whole been a positive one. The increase in visitors has created more job opportunities she says and developed the food culture in the area too. She says that year-round visitors "have given a lot more energy and activity to the area" but adds that we need to preserve what people still really love about Cornwall. Katy says year-round visitors give life to areas (Image: Airbnb) Artist Ellen has lived in Truro for roughly 18 years and she said summer visitors definitely give a boost to people like herself and the general economy - but she can't see the proposed registration system being a bad thing given the change she has seen in the last decade. "House prices are a disaster and some people don't even get half the chance to get a house and that's just not right and it kills a community," she said. On the other hand she said visitors provide a 'festival vibe' as dogs, windbreaks and colour bring the county to life. She said without the visitors, her artwork wouldn't have a home to go back to. "For me the future of Cornwall is there has to be a really good economy, just keeping everything going. I think the proposed registration system can't be a bad thing.

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. It shouldn't be just for the few of us who are lucky enough to live down here. It's for everybody and it is great to see the joy many people get out of coming down." Artist Ellen says that Cornwall should be enjoyed by both visitors and locals (Image: Airbnb) Jaxon and Carley have lived in Cornwall for six years. They have a young daughter, Noah, and find the lifestyle that living in Cornwall offers them as a family to be ideal. Jaxon also sees the benefits that holiday homes have on his landscaping business, but the housing crisis has meant that finding their own home in Cornwall hasn’t been easy. At the moment, they’re living with Carley’s mum in Portreath. Like many people, they’ve struggled to get a foot on the property ladder but believe that new regulations would benefit everyone. "The reason we love Cornwall so much is it's so diverse," he said, adding that it is "the perfect place" to raise a family. "We're kind of in limbo where we're staying here temporarily until we can find somewhere more permanently," he added. "I work as a landscaper and I do work on a lot of second homes as well. I do rely quite heavily on second home owners especially to keep the business afloat, but it is not all positive a lot of the time. I don't think Cornwall has necessarily got the infrastructure for the amount of tourism it has now got." Carley says people need the hope of buying a house one day because "everyone deserves to have a home", adding that she thinks the proposed registration system is an interesting idea and could help locals. The couple have been struggling to find a home (Image: Airbnb) Potter Jake sells his pieces in local galleries across the county and shares his skills by holding classes in his studio too. He strongly believes that tourism allows him to live and work as he does. He offers Airbnb Experiences where people can come and make something on the wheel, guided by his expertise. “I definitely notice the seasonality of January and February here and who’s looking in through the window compared to the summer months," he said and, like many who live in the area, Jake has noticed the changes in Cornwall over the years. He said he recognises that a lot of businesses are entirely dependent on tourism now and credits the positive ripple effect with helping more businesses as people are drawn to an area for one reason but begin to explore lesser known parts. (Image: Airbnb) A spokesperson for Airbnb said: "We’re supporting the Government’s proposal to introduce an online nationwide registration system for all operators of short-term lets. This will create more visibility around ‘holiday lets’. We hope these regulations will put a stop to those who want to bend the rules so that short-term lets can bring a positive impact to local communities when managed in the right way." Read more here about Airbnb’s support of the Government’s proposal to introduce new regulations for ‘holiday lets’. Read next: Cornish lass nearly cut her finger off then won Commonwealth silver Swimmer bitten by shark off Cornwall says it was 'very scary' Holidaymaker's handbrake fail sends car into Newquay Parkdean Resort lake Rishi Sunak pledges extra council tax on second homes and help to level up Cornwall Bodmin women's football team 'bitterly disappointed' matches can no longer be held at local stadium

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