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Old 14.02.2012, 12:47
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Re: referendum on limiting second homes

Completely agree. But the initiative seems to target the proliferation of what you described in your first paragraph, where as the mega-chalets which are used to rent-out ("para-hotels" in the language of the initiative) would be exempt.

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Not necessarily double standards. A huge difference between those families who have a simple chalet in a mountain, often where they were born. Thos families who go there practically every week-end, every holiday- buy food locally, know the community and take part in it, Ski Club, walking group, etc. Those who will help with volunteer projects, support the elderly in the village, and so on.

And those huge monster chalets which are bought as investment and rarely used by the owners- often left empty most of the year. Or rented via agencies to people (like we used to, hand on my heart) will arrive for half-term holiday from Holland and the UK with the car full to the brim with stuff from Tesco)- and not contribute much at all to the village, financially but mainly socially. These are often only used for peak time holidays - and are almost impossible to rent in Summer, as most head for sun and sea.

We've been to some of those resorts outside peak hols, and it is miserable. All the shutters closed- dead.
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