Anger over signs in Suffolk's favorite seaside celebrity town which is a second home hotspot warning "If you don't live here, damn it"
- The sign appeared on a lamp post warning people to stay away from Southwold
- The Suffolk beauty spot is popular with second home owners and celebrities
- It caused anger, and the town councils condemned it and quickly removed it
A rude sign warning outsiders to stay away from a seaside town popular with celebrities has caused anger.
The sign appeared on a lamp post on the outskirts of Southwold, Suffolk and read, "If you don't live here, damn it".
More than half of Southwold's real estate is outside owned and has attracted a wide variety of second home owners.
It's a favorite of celebrities like Twiggy, Dame Judi Dench, David Tennant, and Michael Palin.
However, officials have warned of anyone traveling there during the coronavirus lockdown, and residents have made it their business to use the crude sign to warn visitors.
The handwritten banner was immediately removed from its place and local leaders blew it up for being "badly advised."
The rude sign appeared on a lamp post on the outskirts of Southwold, Suffolk and read, "If you don't live here, damn it."
Councilor David Beavan said, “It is bad advice. I understand people are scared and frustrated, but we need to be a little more polite.
“It smells like xenophobia and that's not our point. We just want to be sure.
“People are naturally concerned and anxious to protect their family and friends.
"We need the small minority to know that they are causing this grudge."
The city council added that police had acted immediately on reports from people violating Covid regulations in the city.
He also said, “I know vacation rentals are used for NHS staff and the owners of these homes have contacted me to provide information. It should be so.
More than half of Southwold's real estate is outside owned and has attracted a wide variety of second home owners
“We depend on tourism – and we will welcome people back – but any violation of the rules by the small minority must be eradicated.
This came after authorities threatened "self-sufficient" second home owners who were trying to escape closure by escaping to the coastal beauty spot with draconian fines.
Mr Beavan claimed last week "we know the people who break the rules" and the police are "knocking on their doors" adding, "You cannot hide in a town like Southwold".
At the beginning of the epidemic last year, townspeople hung banners over Southwold High Street warning visitors, "Please respect us – don't infect us" and asking them to stay away.
More than half of Southwold's home ownership is used as a second home, and residents have previously reported an influx of visitors when new Covid-19 measures go into effect.
A furious argument erupted last summer when hundreds of wealthy second homers descended to avoid the lockdown.
Second homeowner David Shea claimed that without him and others buying vacation home, Southwold would become an abandoned ghost town – and lose its pier, restaurants, pubs, and industries.
At the start of the epidemic last year, townspeople hung banners over Southwold High Street warning visitors, "Please respect us – don't infect us" and asking them to stay away
He insisted: “Without us there would be no beach huts on the promenade and the lighthouse could have been idle and dilapidated.
“The brewery is unlikely to be still in town – none of the Victorian seaside town hallmarks we love would exist.
“The response to the outbreak was far more of an opportunity for many locals to express existing deep resentments against those fortunate enough to enjoy a second home on their coastal area.
“Many Second Homers consider themselves local by owning a house here. They pay taxes that contribute to local services, bring jobs and industry to the area, raise property prices and therefore may have the same right to be in a region as those who happen to be born there. & # 39;
But Mr Shea's defense enraged many locals who claimed they had run out of prices to buy houses in the city they were born in.
Cllr Beavan said, “His reasoning is wrong on so many levels. Our population doubles in the summer and our local health center couldn't handle an outbreak – and the nearest hospital is an hour away.
“Around 60 percent of the property here is now owned by people who do not live here permanently. In winter, many streets are dark and the houses are empty – it's like a ghost town.
“We're sick of second home owners leaving their homes empty and then taking advantage of a loophole to avoid paying tax rates and taxes. We estimate this applies to more than 200 properties.
“And now the smallest two-bed townhouse in Southwold sells for nearly half a million pounds. Local people can no longer afford to live in the place where they were born. & # 39;