Published on : Thursday, September 9, 2021
Business owners are furious as holidaymakers pretend to be homeless for staying free of cost on the famous promenade in Torquay, Devon.
They claim they are exploiting a ‘loophole’ just so they can get an economical retreat on the English Rivera.
Campers pitched their tents along the seafront and they are allegedly taking the place of homeless people who often use the area.
But some residents have backed the cheeky move, saying costs are too high to stay in the traditional town.
They also called for things to change.
Roger Carter, Chairman of the Cockington, Chelston & Livermead Community Partnership, has hit out at the visitors.
Carter said that this is not about the homeless problem.
Those people were having a free holiday at the expense of Torbay taxpayers which is not acceptable.
They are not homeless, but chancers and freeloaders.
Carter remarked that it is an appalling image to present to visitors and residents.
A number of locals gave their views on the situation on a social media group.
Donna Nightingale commented if resorts didn’t increase their prices they wouldn’t be there so good on them.
Clive Hughes posted if not an authorised camping spot, they shouldn’t be there.
Once you let one, the next thing it will be like a campsite.
At least it looks clean and tidy for now.