Residents driven out of ‘chaotic’ Yorkshire seaside town by ‘noisy and disorderly’ tourists

Cayton Bay on the Yorkshire coast has grown in popularity in recent years with several new static caravans appearing – but not everyone is happy with the influx

Lucy Haxby with her granddaughter in front of her and her husband’s newly built house

Residents of a ‘chaotic’ seaside town said they were chased by loud and disorderly tourists.

Cayton Bay, nestled between Scarborough and Filey on the Yorkshire coast, has become awash with parks for caravansmotorhomes and static homes, locals say.

The influx has led to problems with litter and disruption, reports Yorkshire Live.

The fact that the beach is one of the only places in the area that allows dogs all year round has been blamed for a few too many encounters with dog poo.

The huge increase in visitor numbers and the disruption it is causing has even led a couple who had built their dream home near beautiful Cayton Bay beach during lockdown to sell and move to a quieter location.







The area is popular with tourists – some think it’s TOO popular
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But the troubles with tourists are not felt throughout the village with mixed opinions about the popularity of the area.

Melissa and Rowena, from the Philippines, described a nice, quiet place with an idyllic balance between nature and community.

Melissa acknowledged that tourists at RV sites have caused disruption, but “there is nothing we can do about it and we are happy here”.

She said: ‘You’ll have a lot of people walking from the village to the beach – even when it’s cold – but it brings in revenue for businesses, so that’s fine with me.

But nearby, two residents who have lived there for decades have raised a plethora of frustrations over the large number of visitors who come to swarm the area on sunnier days.

One of the men said: “I cycled down the beach this morning, but you have to get there before 10 a.m. if you want to avoid visitors and dogs.







The idyllic village changes during the warmer summer months
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“I’ve been here quite a long time and I’ve seen things change. People come in from their static trailers and walk their dogs and you make them look at our gardens. You’d think they live here like they look at your car and look in your windows.”

He said the number of static homes and campervan spaces had increased significantly in recent years as there was a need for more residential properties in the area for young people.

He said: “They make a fortune building tons of static caravans. There must have been 40 built in the last six months.

“When I first arrived it was a nice quiet area. I always go down to the beach first and it’s magical. But if you were to fly a plane over this place, you would be amazed at how many static homes and RVs there are.”







The inland area of ​​Cayton resembles a traditional village as opposed to a coastal area
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The other man, who also did not want to be identified, was still in love with the place decades after moving and took advantage of it to go sailing and wander around the countryside. “It’s a different place now,” he said.

He said when he moved in 1984 there was an RV park run by a local resident, but there weren’t many visitors and they often chatted with the villagers to control interference.

“It’s overwhelming now,” he said. “Only for the number of caravans.







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“A lot of people are fine because they come and go, but it shows when there’s increased litter and traffic and noise. And I think the general feeling is that the caravan parks here now don’t seem to give nothing back to the community.”

He said apart from the trailers, the small community of Cayton was strong and “everyone gets along really well” and that there were no problems with buying houses and converting them into homes for holidays.

He said: “It’s still a nice place. The coastline is beautiful and there’s lots of wildlife around and there are places you can go and you won’t find anyone.

“When the weather is nice, you feel like you could be anywhere in the world.”

In a new property, Richard and Lucy Haxby are about to sell.







The Haxbys said they are selling their new property due to problems with tourists
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Lucy, who owns a shop on the beachfront, said: “The real life here, the view and the ability to walk the beach and fish is fantastic, but the rest is a nightmare. I have business here , but I think if I stay here all the time, it will drive me crazy.

“There are more surfers. More caravans. They park on this private road. It’s getting out of control.”

Richard said he was fed up with the constant stream of people walking and skateboarding in front of the house, saying, “We’re sick of it.”

On the upside for the Haxbys, increased interest in the location has led to rising property prices.

The couple said they have found a buyer who wants to make it a second home and believe other homes for sale may follow.

Lucy said: “I’m really sad. It’s a nice place to be and in the winter it’s great, but it just underlines to me that it’s just constant people driving around in your car. When we moved there At eight it was nice and cold, but now it’s chaotic.”

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