In an open letter written by the Chairman of Bath Independent Guest House Association to Elected Members about the proposal for a new Hotel in Milk Street, Bath (17/06214/FUL), due to be considered by the Development Management Committee on 6 June, Robin Kerr, the Chairman of the Federation of Bath Residents' Associations, is quoted as saying:
'The problems in Bath are also evident in visitor destinations locations around the world : AirBnB properties operated as a business by commercial ventures, which are essentially unlicensed (and unregulated) hotels. It is a significant issue in planning terms and collecting the appropriate business rates. Similarly, larger properties let to groups of friends or family, often just over weekends, can also be a real source of noise nuisance and disturbance to nearby residents. When used as 'party houses' these unregulated properties also pose fire and other safety risks. B&NES needs to take action now, as we can see residents moving away from the city centre, where there are already 68 party houses offering, in aggregate, almost 900 bedspaces. With no-one living in these properties on a daily basis, the sense of community is evaporating, changing the character of our city, forever.'
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