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Did you knowFilm director Ken Russell lived in the Keswick/Borrowdale area until 2007 and used it in films such as Tommy and Mahler.
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Lake District History


The Lake District, also known as the Lakes or Lakeland, is a mountainous region in North West England. A popular holiday destination, it is famous for its lakes, forests and mountains, and its associations with William Wordsworth and other Lake Poets and also with Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin.

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Inside the 'town' behind Sellafield's security fence


Inside the 'town' behind Sellafield's security fence

... The security chiefThe Sellafield compound stands on the shore of the Irish Sea and in the shadow of the Lake District, behind mile upon mile of impenetrable fencing... Sep 30,2022 10:20 pm

School trips could be axed in bid to keep staff


School trips could be axed in bid to keep staff

... Now, he is considering reducing swimming lessons to half a term for most pupils and cutting back on school trips to London and the Lake District... Sep 6,2022 11:01 pm

Rae Morris: 'I was definitely, fully dropped'


Rae Morris: 'I was definitely, fully dropped'

... Spitting From The Top is set at the peak of the Blackpool Tower, while is a dreamy Disney ballad about escaping to her family s house in the Lake District " where the blueberries glow and the internet s slow"... Jul 10,2022 3:10 am

New map of ancient trees an opportunity for conservation


New map of ancient trees an opportunity for conservation

... Many are concentrated around London in the historic hunting parks and forests, as well as in the Lake District, Hereford and Northumberland... Jun 30,2022 4:10 am

Number of holiday-let homes in England up 40% in three years


Number of holiday-let homes in England up 40% in three years

... " A bad situation has become entirely disastrous, " he said in a debate earlier this year, adding that the cost of an average home in his constituency, which includes parts of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, was now around 11 times the average wage... Jun 29,2022 3:30 am

Michael Gove vows to end 'scourge' of empty second homes


Michael Gove vows to end 'scourge' of empty second homes

... But Liberal Democrat Tim Farron, who represents a constituency in the Lake District, said for many people in rural areas buying or renting a home had become a " pipe dream"... Jun 8,2022 10:05 pm

Keswick miracle dog Max the springer spaniel dies


Keswick miracle dog Max the springer spaniel dies

... Max the Miracle Dog gained worldwide fame when in the Lake District were posted on Facebook... Apr 6,2022 8:55 pm

Gateshead school fined for field trip which ended in mountain rescue


Gateshead school fined for field trip which ended in mountain rescue

... Staff from Gateshead Cheder, an Orthodox Jewish school, led 13 boys up Helvellyn in the Lake District in March 2020 amid ice and snow... Feb 18,2022 5:04 pm

Storm Dudley: Thousands of people lose electricity due to damage


Storm Dudley: Thousands of people lose electricity due to damage

... " Conditions horrendous Richard Warren from the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association urged people to " stay at home" during the storms... Feb 16,2022 10:39 pm

Lake District mountain rescuers plea after busiest-ever year


Lake District mountain rescuers plea after busiest-ever year

...A Lake District mountain rescue co-ordinator is urging people to properly plan their trips after a record number of call outs last year... Jan 3,2022 5:08 pm

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Number of holiday-let homes in England up 40% in three years

Jan 3,2022 5:08 pm

The Number of holiday lets in England has risen by 40% in three years, BBC analysis of council figures suggests.

Tourist areas which already had large numbers of such Properties - including Scarborough, The Isle of Wight, North Devon, the Cotswolds and Norfolk - have seen sharp increases.

Ministers are looking at whether holiday lets should be registered.

This comes amid concern That inflated property prices are pushing established residents out of many areas.

Estate agents have reported a surge in second home ownership during the pandemic, with many buyers now offering these as holiday lets.

The Bbc has obtained data from 152 individual councils across England on short-term lets - available for at least 140 days of the year and registered for business rates rather than council Tax .

Among the councils who responded to The Bbc , there was a 40% increase in such accommodation - from 19,543 in 2018 to 27,424 Last Year .

This tallies with government figures for the same period - covering the whole country but not broken down to a council-by-council Level - which also show a 40% rise.

Among The Bbc 's findings, the seaside resort of Scarborough, which includes Whitby, had the highest number of holiday lets, rising from 2,032 in 2018 to 2,913 in 2021.

In second place was North Devon, where the figure went from 1,319 in 2018 to 1,758 in 2021.

East Suffolk was third, going from 1,475 to 1,614 over the same period.

Other areas where there was a sizeable number of holiday lets and a substantial increase between 2018 and 2021 included:

What's the impact on local people?

Charlotte Bater grew up in The Village of Georgeham in North Devon, close to the popular surfing beach at Croyde.

She had to leave a rental property 10 months ago after being served with a no fault eviction notice and She and her children moved back in with her parents.

" It does put a whole stop on your life. You can't plan anything. Everything comes back to: well, we don't know where we're going to be living. My children don't know where they're going to go to college. My Youngest Son , do you put him into nursery, do you not? I can't start back at work. "

She says there are simply no Properties available. " If they do come up, are extortionately expensive. There'll be two, three hundred going for the same Properties - That 's for private rentals. "

In The Village , banners outside The Local school show it has Spaces - She says it used to be oversubscribed but now struggles with numbers " which kind of gives you an indication as well into how the community's being affected, not just me".

Her friend Emma Hookway Set Up a campaign group for North Devon and neighbouring Torridge.

" There's a real fear in the area at The Moment if you're renting. One of My Friends The Other day She got a phone call from her Estate Agent and She felt like crying instantly; She thought: 'Oh, That 's it, it's going to be sold, it's going to be converted into a second home or a holiday let'. "

Emma cleans holiday lets, and says She understands the importance of the tourism industry to the area.

" We understand That people want to move to the area, That people are wanting to have holidays, especially being Locked Up after Covid. But there's got to be a balance and I think it's more important for people to be able to have their first home. "

The government admits it only has a limited picture of how many Properties across England are second homes and holiday-lets, particularly the growth of online marketplaces such as Airbnb and Vrbo.

The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is looking at whether holiday-lets should be registered, or even licenced.

It has now launched a call for evidence, promised in its Tourism Recovery Strategy in June 2021, on the impact of short term lets on England.

Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston said the government was " very aware" of the issues.

" There are many benefits to having more accommodation provision in the UK. It's good for our tourism industry That there's a variety of accommodation offers but it can come with a downside as well so we want to get The Right balance, " He Said .

" One of the options is to licence accommodation at one extreme, or we could end up doing nothing. "

MPs from several different parties have been raising concerns.

Lib Dem MP Tim Farron has previously called for more help for local people, and said The Desire to buy second homes during the pandemic and the ease with which people can now advertise holiday lets online had pushed up prices.

" A bad situation has become entirely disastrous, " He Said in a debate earlier this year, adding That the cost of an average home in his constituency, which includes parts of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales , was now around 11 times the average wage.

The Deputy leader of Cornwall Council, David Harris , told a meeting Last Year That The Authority was continuing to lobby the government to allow it to charge second home owners additional council Tax .



Source of news: bbc.com

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