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Whitby residents vote in favour of ending second home ownership

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Residents in Whitby have voted in favour of new measures to reduce the number of homes being used for holiday accommodation.

Large queues snaked outside polling stations as locals voted to end second home ownership in an unusual referendum on Monday, with a total of 2,228 people casting their vote.

A significant 2,111 voted in favour of all new-build and additional housing in the area being restricted to being a full-time primary residence.

Just 157 voted against the measure and 18 ballots were rejected, it was announced at midnight.

In 2021, around 20% of residences in Whitby were second homes or holiday lets, according to Scarborough Borough Council.

The figure has almost doubled in the coastal town in the last two decades, with 8.1% of properties being second homes or holiday lets in 2001.

Social media users have been reacting to the vote results, with one person tweeting: “Good for Whitby. The locals need affordable housing and if the town gets swamped by rich Londoners the real estate will be unaffordable and locals move out.”

Another said: “Power to the residents. Too many local towns on the coast are being swamped by COMPANIES buying houses up to rent out.”

Residents were asked a second question in the poll – resulting in 1,982 people rejecting plans to stay in the same area committee as Scarborough in the new North Yorkshire unitary council.

This compared with 253 residents who were happy to remain in the same area committee as Scarborough.

The results of the vote, which saw just under a 23% turnout, do not carry any legal weight, but represent the views of the population and could help shape local planning considerations with a mandate to crack down on second-home ownership.

Whitby’s town mayor, Councillor Linda Wild, told Sky News that the result “demonstrates the importance of this issue for local people and the depth of feeling of being crowded out of affordable housing by an overabundance of second homes and holiday lets which can be in the hands of unscrupulous landlords”.

She said the power to tackle the issue lies with the borough council – which is making attempts to confront the problem – as well as the government, “which needs to amend the planning regulations to make it possible to protect local housing for primary residence”.

“We need a ‘use class’ which applies to holiday lets. Then the planners can manage that change of use. We also need to tax second homes and holiday homes more effectively through council tax and business rates to reflect the impact they have on local people,” she said.

She said she hopes the town council will “take up this fight and invite our neighbouring parishes to join in”.

“For the holidaymakers, Whitby is bigger than the parish boundary. I hope that people in Sandsend, Sleights, Sneaton and Stainsacre feel this is a campaign for them too,” she continued.

“Whitby is not unique in this predicament and local people want their voice heard by the government alongside people from Cornwall, North Norfolk, Northumberland and the Lakes.

“We absolutely need the government to give local people the power to keep holiday resort communities sustainable.”

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As PCWorld’s senior editor, Mark focuses on Microsoft news and chip technology, among other beats. He has formerly written for PCMag, BYTE, Slashdot, eWEEK, and ReadWrite.

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We’re expecting the Google Pixel Watch to make its full debut on Thursday, October 6 – alongside the Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro – but in the meantime a major leak has revealed much more about the upcoming smartwatch.

Seasoned tipster @OnLeaks (opens in new tab) has posted the haul, which shows off some of the color options and band styles that we can look forward to next week. We also get a few shots of the watch interface and a picture of it being synced with a smartphone.

Watch faces are included in the leak too, covering a variety of different approaches to displaying the time – both in analog and digital formats. Another image shows the watch being used to take an ECG reading to assess heartbeat rate.

Just got my hands on a bunch of #Google #PixelWatch promo material showing all color options and Watch Bands for the first time. Some details revealed as well…@Slashleaks 👉🏻 https://t.co/HzbWeGGSKP pic.twitter.com/N0uiKaKXo0October 1, 2022

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If the leak is accurate, then we’ve got four silicone straps on the way: black, gray, white, and what seems to be a very pale green. Leather straps look to cover black, orange, green and white, while there’s also a fabric option in red, black and green.

We already know that the Pixel Watch is going to work in tandem with the Fitbit app for logging all your vital statistics, and included in the leaked pictures is an image of the Pixel Watch alongside the Fitbit app running on an Android phone.

There’s plenty of material to look through here if you can’t wait until the big day – and we will of course be bringing you all the news and announcements as the Google event unfolds. It gets underway at 7am PT / 10am ET / 3pm BST / 12am AEDT (October 7).


Analysis: a big moment for Google

It’s been a fair while since Google launched itself into a new hardware category, and you could argue that there’s more riding on the Pixel Watch than there is on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro – as Google has been making phones for years at this point.

While Wear OS has been around for a considerable amount of time, Google has been leaving it to third-party manufacturers and partners to make the actual hardware. Samsung recently made the switch back to Wear OS for the Galaxy Watch 5 and the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, for example.

Deciding to go through with its own smartwatch is therefore a big step, and it’s clear that Google is envious of the success of the Apple Watch. It’s the obvious choice for a wearable for anyone who owns an iPhone, and Google will be hoping that Pixel phones and Pixel Watches will have a similar sort of relationship.

What’s intriguing is how Fitbit fits in – the company is now run by Google, but so far we haven’t seen many signs of the Fitbit and the Pixel lines merging, even if the Pixel Watch is going to come with support for the Fitbit app.

Dave is a freelance tech journalist who has been writing about gadgets, apps and the web for more than two decades. Based out of Stockport, England, on TechRadar you’ll find him covering news, features and reviews, particularly for phones, tablets and wearables. Working to ensure our breaking news coverage is the best in the business over weekends, David also has bylines at Gizmodo, T3, PopSci and a few other places besides, as well as being many years editing the likes of PC Explorer and The Hardware Handbook.

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