Campaigners threaten to blockade all routes into Cornwall as second homes protest
A Cornish campaign group is threatening to take direct action unless a second homes crisis is tackled.
Kernow Matters say they are prepared to blockade the main routes into Cornwall if the housing problems they have raised are not addressed.
The issues mirror those in Welsh communities with second-home ownership seen as causing rising house prices, displacing young people and changing the character of an area.
A spokesperson for Kernow Matters said: “We deserve affordable housing and rental properties. Cornwall is not a playground, it is not just a tourist-hot-spot and nice place to live by the beach if you have the cash for it – it’s our home, it’s our culture, our family, friends, livelihoods – and we can’t even afford to live here.
“No more second homes. No more exorbitant rents. No more holiday lets over council homes. Enough is enough.”
The group, formed in 2015 to ‘celebrate Cornish culture, history, language and music’, say they are discussing the possibility of blocking the A30 and Tamar Bridge routes into the county.
They have issued a set of demands that includes setting up a community-led House Crisis Action Plan, the closing of tax loopholes and funding to build affordable homes for local families.
Protests against second home ownership took place in Wales last month with hundreds attending a rally at the Tryweryn dam to call on the Welsh Government to tackle the housing crisis.
An action plan outlined by the Welsh Government has been criticised by Plaid Cymru as being ‘weak’ and an attempt at ‘kicking the problem into the long grass’.
The current plans include a statutory registration scheme for holiday accommodation and greater support to address the affordability and availability of housing.