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Thursday, 8 May 2014

Salcombe, Devon - how to destroy it

In the last few years, Salcombe is being taken over by rich bankers and the like with silly money and very small brains. Homes and flats are being sold for millions, hotels are being converted into penthouse suites, and now the Tides Reach Hotel at South Sands is being redeveloped at a cost of £12M as a boutique hotel for yet more of the stinking rich. It makes me sick.

Salcombe and harbour from Snapes Point
At one time, Salcombe was a pleasant seaside town enjoyed by many. Now it is becoming the holiday home from home (for a few weeks a year) of the rich and famous and a ghost town out of season. It cannot go on: the locals can no longer afford to live in the town. In 20 years tradespeople will ALL live out of Salcombe.

It really saddens me to see how my hometown is changing.


  1. Damned shame! Like the Cote d'Azur which I detest. Fisherman's villages now go-go towns. Much of Europe in same pickle.

  2. I truly hope it is not too late to save Salcombe. The locals need to FIGHT to minimise second homes and most of the town's homes empty most of the year. They need by-laws to penalise second home ownership and homes left unoccupied for months and months and more subsidised homes that real locals can afford. I HATE that this pleasant seaside town is being over-run by rich idiots. It cannot be allowed but the locals have to see the writing on the wall and actively FIGHT to stop it happening. Otherwise in 20 years it will be dead.