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Whitstable: Why did it become so popular, what did the Greens do, and is its bubble set to burst?


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For years, Whitstable has been one of the most desirable places in the county to live and visit - but could there be trouble in paradise?

Its transition over the last quarter of a century from a down-at-heel coastal town with a declining fishing industry into a wealthy tourist Mecca has been envied by many; a seemingly perfect example of how to turn around fortunes.

With staycations set to be on the cards for most of us this year, the town is bracing itself for another busy summer
With staycations set to be on the cards for most of us this year, the town is bracing itself for another busy summer

Yet a consequence of that boom has come at a cost. There's been an exodus of those who once called it home but can no longer afford the soaring house prices. The summer months see crowds often swamp the town choking its roads and incidents of anti-social behaviour are on the rise. And with a huge surge in visitors anticipated this summer due to foreign holidays being off the cards for many, the town is bracing itself for perhaps its busiest season yet.

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