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Second home owners relocating to Yorkshire beauty spots

Second home owners relocating to Yorkshire beauty spots

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Stuart Minting at 5:11pm 30th March 2020.

Fears have been raised that a wave of second home owners who have moved from Coronavirus hotspot cities “to ride out the outbreak” at countryside beauty spots - have put themselves and others at further risk.

  • North Yorkshire councillors say large numbers of people are heading to the Yorkshire Dales. 
  • There are concerns they are putting themselves and others at risk. 
  • Many visitors have been turned back, but people with second homes are still arriving.  

Councillors representing communities in and around the Yorkshire Dales national park said anxiety was mounting among residents due to a significant number of arrivals of people from places like London and Birmingham, where rates of the virus are far higher.

Lower Swaledale and Arkengarthdale councillor Richard Good said there had been a “very effective police presence” in turning back visitors from the Yorkshire Dales at the weekend, but there had been a clear and marked increase in the number of people with second homes relocating to the national park.

David Butterworth, chief executive of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority said:

“The influx of people coming from Coronavirus hotspots like London to weather the outbreak in the Dales has concerned some of the locals.”

Community leaders said towns surrounding the national parks were seeing far higher numbers of people at shops than would be normal for the time of year, increasing the chances of the virus being spread.

They said those relocating to remote areas of North Yorkshire would have far worse access to healthcare than they would in cities, but said a return to their urban homes could exacerbate problems.