Devon’s Local Life Disrupted by Tourists

Devons Local Life Disrupted by Tourists

Devon’s Local Life Disrupted by Tourists

The Devon’s Local Life Disrupted by Tourists Devon countryside has long been a holiday maker’s dream and local businesses benefit from this. The increased spend helps small businesses to grow, often into franchises and widely recognised brands, which then bring in further revenue.

But many local people worry that the balance between accommodating tourists and maintaining a year-round community is being tipped too far. There’s a risk of “killing the golden goose” by driving out younger families who work in tourism, as well as destroying the natural environment.

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Some of Devon’s most successful tourist attractions are based around a slower pace of life, with plenty of towns and villages to choose from that offer great facilities. Others are centred on outdoor activities, including walking the South West Coast Path or cycling to the remote beach at Westward Ho!

Devon also has a wealth of historic sites and buildings, from cliff top castles and quaint country houses to the famous Paignton Picture House. The town of Torquay was home to the crime writer Dame Agatha Christie and the site of her former home is now one of Torbay’s most popular attractions.

While some of the county’s most famous heritage assets attract visitors, some are struggling to survive in an increasingly difficult economic climate. The pandemic has seen excellent work take place between statutory and local partners to support the most vulnerable, but with food prices continuing to rise and energy costs on the increase it will be an even harder winter for many families in Devon. Further research should be commissioned to gain a better understanding of the extent of food insecurity and fuel poverty across Devon and what arrangements are being put in place to support those at greatest risk.