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Campaigners call on Welsh government to tackle second homes crisis in Pembrokeshire

23 Oct 2021 2 minute read
Parrog beach protest. Picture by Ffred Ffransis

200 people came together on Parrog beach in Pembrokeshire today to call on the Welsh Government to tackle the second homes crisis in Wales.

The rally called on the Welsh Government to “treat the housing crisis as a real crisis” and not to “just conduct a consultation to discuss the issue”.

Heledd Evans from Trewyddel told S4C that she had been unable to buy a house in her community.

“After I got a job and so on I want to buy a house in the near future, but things are looking pretty uncertain at the moment in terms of housing availability,” she told S4C’s program.

“Once they are on the market they go straight away for prices that are out of my reach.”

Hedd Ladd-Lewis, one of the organizers, said he had decided to organise the protest in order to get to grips with the housing problem in the area.

“I grew up in Trefdraeth and the town has changed completely,” he said.

“There is grave concern about the future of Welsh as a community language as house prices deprive local people of the right and ability to live in their communities and as more houses are bought as second homes and AirBnBs.

“There is more rent poverty as families have to pay unreasonable rent in the private sector, and which local person can afford to pay £400,000 for a terraced house? So what will the future of primary school be? We’ve seen what has happened in Abersoch recently.

“The average house in the county is £227,000, but three-bedroom houses sell for almost £400,000 in areas such as Trefdraeth.

“As the county’s average wage is £26,466 it is very difficult for local people, especially young people, to buy a house to live locally.”

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Grayham Jones
2 years ago

No more second homes 🏠 in wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 100
Percent taxes on second homes it’s time for a new wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 take all second homes of them and give them to young welsh people who can’t get on the housing market because of incomers stop being little Englanders and and be proud to be welsh start fighting for your children and grandchildren future in wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Helen Johnson
Helen Johnson
2 years ago

And also people who rent in the private sector are being given notice so that their landlords can rent them out on Air B nB and as holiday lets….further depriving people of places to live if they cannot afford to buy.

Gill Jones
Gill Jones
2 years ago

Gwarth ar llywodraeth Cymru yn llusgo’u traed ar dyfodol ein plant, ein cymunedau a’r iaith Gymraeg. Mae ‘twristiaeth’ yn gost byddwn yn talu amdano am ddegawdau. Pwy fydd ar ôl yn ein cymunedau i warchod ein treftadaeth a’n iaith – dim Cymry, mae’n debyg?

Geoff Horton-Jones
Geoff Horton-Jones
2 years ago

Requisition without compensation

Land in Wales requisitioned. by. Westminster for the First World War is still held

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