Our picturesque seaside village is becoming a ghost town because of selfish second home owners…only 14 people live here | The Sun

A STUNNING Yorkshire seaside village has just 14 permanent residents as second-home owners snap up houses – leaving locals furious.

Situated on the North Yorkshire coast, Runswick Bay boasts glorious sandy beaches and rolling countryside – but its popularity is forcing residents out of their own homes.

Despite once being crowned as 'Britain's best beach', the tiny local community live in fear as soaring house prices drive out the younger generation.

Furious locals have slammed inconsiderate tourists who use resident parking spaces and leave just "one cottage on the market at a time".

The owner of a café in the quaint seaside village was born and bred in Runswick, he told YorkshireLive: "It's really peaceful here on days like this, and there's no traffic. It used to never get too busy, but after the first lockdown there were lots of people flocking here.

"Limited parking does generally ensure the village doesn't get too busy even in the summer months.

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"I think there are 14 permanent residents here. In my lifetime though, it's always been holiday accommodation in the majority."

The frustrated local described a lack of shopping amenities in the area and claimed "most families would struggle to actually live here."

"There are only three houses with their own parking – everyone else uses the dedicated residents' car park," he added.

He also explained second home buyers have caused property prices to sky-rocket and leave "only one cottage on the market at a time."

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The attention Runswick Bay garnered during lockdown worsened the issue, according to the café owner, who said: " When it's too heaving, everyone's experience is degraded."

Another disappointed local said: "Runswick has changed so much over the years – I remember there being way more permanent residents.

"I also remember there used to be a busy local's bar and that's quite sad that it's gone. Like anywhere, the locals have been priced out.

"Houses don't come to market very often and when they do they're very expensive."

One couple, Graham and Lane, said: "It's beautiful, but I can't imagine raising teenagers or anything here or trying to find a job.

"You'd have to work remotely or commute somewhere else.

"There isn't any shops in the village either and there isn't a train station close either."

However, some local business owners and managers praise the tourism and feel a sense of pride in the village.

Tom Rose, who has managed the Royal Hotel for two years explained: "Everyone who comes in is lovely, probably because they're all in holiday mode!

"We do get some locals who come in and they're lovely too. A lot of them have family, like grandchildren, who will come and stay and work here for the summer."

I think there are 14 permanent residents here. In my lifetime though, it's always been holiday accommodation in the majority."

And Helen and Richard Foster, from Lincolnshire, are not discouraged to holiday in Runswick Bay despite what locals say, they said: "We just love this area, even though it's quite touristy.

"Even though it's grey today, we've had a lovely time walking along the whole beach."

This comes as seaside towns across the UK are beginning to struggle with the burden of second home owners.

An idyllic Cornish seaside town has also become overrun with Londoners snapping up homes.

Padstow in North Cornwall boasts glorious golden beaches and picturesque countryside – but now its popularity is wreaking havoc with the local community.

The residents in this tourism hotspot are facing a major housing crisis as demand for accommodation and second homes drive house prices sky high.

One furious local told MyLondon: "The old fisherman's cottages in Padstow have been renovated for holiday homes, where they used to cost about £25,000, they're now £500,000.

Elsewhere in Cornwall, residents of Mousehole, an idyllic staycation spot, have to leave town to buy everyday essentials.

Rising visitor numbers has wreaked havoc on the property market as houses are snatched up by tourists for holiday homes.

In Hastings, East Sussex, locals claim the demand for property in the "rough diamond" town has placed unsustainable upward pressure on rents.

General inflation and a cost of living crisis, combined with spiralling property prices are tipping lower earners towards poverty.

Families in a Yorkshire seaside 'ghost town' also say they are being forced out and torn apart by holiday home owners.

The residents of tourism hotspot, Robin Hood’s Bay, are facing a major housing crisis as demand for accommodation and second homes has driven house prices sky high.

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There are now whole streets without any permanent residents – and the only jobs on offer to young people who want to stay are positions in the hospitality industry.

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