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Friday, 10 August 2018

Cornwall: Over-tourism warning; Unsustainable overcrowding; car parks full, litter bins can't cope, roads congested

Does this sound familiar?

Over-tourism, from Cornwall to Corfu....

Is the TV series "Poldark" is partly to blame in Cornwall, and "The Durrells" in Corfu?

Visit Cornwall chief urges visitors to stay away from county’s beaches, Travel Weekly

“The danger is that the car parks get full so no one can get parked, the footpaths get damaged, the litter bins can’t cope with the rubbish and the locals can’t get anywhere because the roads are so congested. So we end up with frustrated visitors and really frustrated locals. That’s what we want to avoid. This is a sustainability issue.”

From The Times

Does over-tourism damage the environment and the quality of life for residents, whether in Cornwall or on Corfu?


Santorini: The Greek island caught in a tourism trap, Richard Pine, The Irish Times


From Corfu to Cornwall, a sad story, Sunday Times, Jerome Starkey, August 18, 2018

"A few weeks before he started sleeping rough on Summerleaze beach in Bude, north Cornwall, Martin had been living on his yacht in Corfu. Then he had a stroke and his life unravelled.

The property developer had spent his life savings on a 38ft sloop to cross the Atlantic but the stroke left him struggling to walk. “I woke up one morning and I couldn’t speak,” Martin, 58, said. “A friend took me to hospital and I had to pay for everything.” He flew back to England for treatment and tried to sell the boat, but it still hasn’t sold and his money has run out.

When staff from St Petroc’s Society, a Cornish homelessness charity, found him last month he was “absolutely broken”, shuffling…"

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