Picturesque UK town becoming little Ibiza as drunken idiots run riot

A picturesque UK town is becoming a "little Ibiza" as it is overwhelmed with " drunken idiots", claim locals.

Some of the residents living in Skipton say they have been left "angry" and "frustrated" by the crowds of partygoers descending on the North Yorkshire tourist town.

The ongoing "noise issues" has been blamed on a rise in hospitality venues opening, overwhelming the area, best known for its medieval castle, canal and stunning views, with louts.

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A number of people living and working in the town vented their fury on the noise and disruption to Yorkshire Live, as the centre has become a hub for takeaways, restaurants, pubs, bars, and cafés.

And the expansion of such venues isn't stopping any time soon with another alcohol licence granted on two units near the canal.

One resident said: "I guess it's one of those things – I live just up the road from Keighley and some nights it's okay but then other nights it's so loud and full of drunken idiots."

"I do understand it's Christmas time and it's bound to happen but, yeah, I have noticed the amount of noise," they added.

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Speaking about the noise, a shopkeeper, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "We do get a lot of people coming in to buy alcohol on the weekends, which probably adds to the problem, but mid-week isn’t too bad as we shut at 9.30pm.

"We recently have got a lot of people coming in to buy KSI’s drink so it's been busy because of that."

Clare Sheffi Humphris moved to Skipton in the summer of 2022, but moved out to a rural area in November after finding it "overwhelming" and filled with "crowds of people".

She said: "I could no longer cope with crowds of people. I went to the Skipton lights switch on and felt overwhelmed by the noise, lights, and sheer volume of people.

"People battling for their place in the queue for beer and food, kids screaming and crying, many smiling and oozing with festive excitement too. As much as I wanted to enjoy the event I simply had to get off the high street to the quiet back streets."

A 41-year-old resident who lives in Castle Street said: "It’s hard because Skipton is a great place with lots going on but it’s frustrating when the party goes on until 5am – this is a nice area and it’s not what we want really."

Speaking previously about the issue on social media, Skipton Community Noticeboard team said: "It is obviously not pleasant (putting it mildly) to have any noise continuously keeping you awake when you would normally be sleeping, never mind the kind of industrial noise involved in road resurfacing.

"It is perfectly understandable to be angry and frustrated that you are not being heard about the effect this disturbance has on your lives."


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