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Daily Mail sings praises of north-west Wales village as having a ‘wealth of holiday homes’

22 Aug 2021 2 minutes Read
Abersoch, which is popular with second home owners. Picture by Ken Doerr (CC BY 2.0)

The Daily Mail has sung the praises of a village in the north-west of Wales by saying that it has a “wealth of holiday homes”.

The newspaper said that there was “quite a buzz around Abersoch” and that it was becoming “Wales’s answer to Cornwall’s Rock” – one of the postcodes in county where house prices have risen more than £100,000 this year.

According to the Mail, Abersoch has a “yachtie scene, wealth of holiday homes and high street crammed with bars and boutiques”.

“Walkers can work it all off by following the path from the terrace to the Wales Coast Path, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which follows the coastline of the Llyn Peninsula,” the paper added.

More than one in ten houses in Gwynedd, which includes Abersoch, was now classed as a second home.

Figures published in July showed that almost half of the homes sold in the area were to buyers not planning to use it as their main residence.

Last month hundreds turned out to a rally at the Tryweryn dam today to call on the Welsh Government to take action on high house prices and second homes.

The protestors formed a line along the 600-metre long dam near Bala, on the shores on the artificial lake created by drowning the Welsh-speaking village of Capel Celyn.

The rally followed a Welsh Government’s announcement that it would consult and develop a pilot in order to tackle the effects of high house prices on communities and the Welsh language.

The proposals were branded by language campaigners Cymdeithas yr Iaith as “vague and uninspiring” and “the latest example of the Government remaining complacent while there is a crisis in the housing market across Wales”.

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Llewelyn
Llewelyn
1 month ago

North West wales. Not the North West of Wales. Prehaps we should start saying the South East of Wales….or does the South East of Wales consider its self the only Wales.

ANNIBYNIOL I GOGGLEDD CYMRU!!!

hdavies15
hdavies15
1 month ago
Reply to  Llewelyn

You splitting hairs there Llew. It doesn’t really matter how you describe the place the fact that excessive numbers of moneyed Sais have corrupted everything in that peninsula pushing natives and some permanent migrants into an underclass is the problem. Abbasock, Poolhelly and other communities have been hollowed out and re-pronounced if not renamed by a particularly toxic breed of exploiter.

Last edited 1 month ago by hdavies15
Llewelyn
Llewelyn
1 month ago
Reply to  hdavies15

I know. I live in next village to Abersoch. I have to sufferer them!

I would also add a lot of monied Welsh types have house there too. Just like they do in Aberdyfi.

hdavies15
hdavies15
1 month ago
Reply to  Llewelyn

some of those monied Welsh are as bad as the Sais. Check out Trefdraeth, or Newport, in Sir Benfro full of solicitors, accountants and other sharks from Kairdiff. Dafydd Iwan’s old song “Ishe bod yn Sais” still rings true today. As a nation we are very slow to grow out of our dependency state.

Alan Shore
Alan Shore
1 month ago
Reply to  hdavies15

Huw Jones sang that not Dafydd Iwan

Penderyn
Penderyn
1 month ago
Reply to  Llewelyn

ti’n hollti blew, Llew

defaid
defaid
1 month ago
Reply to  Penderyn

Enillydd gwobr Roland Mathias.

defaid
defaid
1 month ago
Reply to  Llewelyn

For reference, for your next silly troll, it’s annibyniaeth.

Annibynol — note the correct spelling — is an adjective.

Gogledd…

Last edited 1 month ago by defaid
Llewelyn
Llewelyn
1 month ago
Reply to  defaid

Like a lot of welsh my written Welsh isn’t great . Maybe yours is so no doubt you have a good public sector job at the rest of us Welsh expense. I’m hardly trolling. Being Welsh myself.

Or do you think only people who agree with your own opinion can be Welsh?

CJPh
CJPh
1 month ago
Reply to  Llewelyn

Having poor written Welsh doesn’t make you use the wrong word, chief. You’d misspell, camdeiglo, add in English words to Welsh sentences. Looks more like an online translation job to me. All from a poster who slips up and responds with a different username too – something he claimed was due to his name being ‘hyphenated’… Not how those work either. Trolls on Nation, must do better.

defaid
defaid
1 month ago
Reply to  Llewelyn

Your previous suggestion that North Wales should ally with Cheshire and Shropshire to form an autonomous state led me to read your call for an independent North Wales as nothing more than an attempt at increasing a perceived antagonism between the south of Wales and the north. Division.

If I’ve mistaken you, please try to forgive me.

Along the way, perhaps you could explain why public sector jobs confer a fluency in Welsh.

Dafydd
Dafydd
1 month ago
Reply to  Llewelyn

Damien Davies, is that you?

GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
1 month ago

Where the F are the Welsh government?

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
1 month ago
Reply to  GW Atkinson

Are they supposed to buy out the whole area or what? Much as you may wish it, Wales doesn’t have defence forces we can deploy….. yet!

I think we should encourage these honest displays of colonial arrogance from the English media. It will just accelerate change.

GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
1 month ago
Reply to  Kerry Davies

They were supposed to deal with the problem of holiday homes ruining our local areas and they have done f-all.

Llywelyn ein Llyw Nesaf
Llywelyn ein Llyw Nesaf
1 month ago
Reply to  Kerry Davies

I think ‘what’. Don’t need to use force either, simply the existing planning and related powers that we already have. That’s the problem. A list of very clear and simple changes to tackle this have been presented to WG. Their response is to set up another committee. 1) Conversion from home to holiday home must require a change of use under planning 2) Whenever a property is sold it must be categorised as home or family home 3) Set maximum proportions of holiday homes in a community, say 5%? 4) Increase council tax to say 300% on 2nd homes 5)… Read more »

Hannergylch
Hannergylch
1 month ago

How do you stop families gaming the system by having one family member as the nominal resident-owner of the Surrey house and another family member as the nominal resident-owner of the Gwynedd ‘bolthole’?

(I’m not disagreeing with your suggestions, just trying to close loopholes.)

Also, the stuff about Abersoch’s bars and boutiques makes me wonder if planning intervention is needed in shopping streets as well. Bars are OK if they sell pints and don’t use the word “artisan”, but boutiques…?!*,#@

Penderyn
Penderyn
1 month ago
Reply to  GW Atkinson

Welsh government is a token branch of London power

Penderyn
Penderyn
1 month ago

Daily Mail is happy as Gwynedd was one of the last places resisting the revival of English imperialism in the world

Huw Davies
Huw Davies
1 month ago

With praise like this who needs insults!

Phil Jones
Phil Jones
1 month ago

Every day they are winding us up. They should be careful

Hywel
Hywel
1 month ago
Reply to  Phil Jones

No Phil, we’re the ones who need to be careful – divide and rule is alive and kicking – just see what the threat of ‘Imported Theory of Division’, and the way other minority extremists have shattered Yes Cymru’s collective determination are doing to undo our primary aim of Annibyniaeth.
This is all being orchestrated from afar.
Pennau lawr, llygaid ar y gorwel.

Wrexhamian
Wrexhamian
1 month ago

I actually think this BritNat rag genuinely believes that holiday homeowners are doing Gwynedd a favour. This is insidious colonialism that Drakeford needs to grab by the scruff of the neck. People are still waiting.

Gareth Parry
Gareth Parry
1 month ago

One off protests will not reverse the selling of Abersoch or any of our coastal communities as a 2nd home haven, perhaps the 70s and 80s direct actions only delayed the coastal clearances now in full swing, The longer Welsh labour procrastinate on what can be done, their proposal of a land value tax replacing council tax will take even more powers away from Councils like Gwynedd who have used their limited legal powers to enforce a premium on 2nd homes. The only feasible solution is by applying wholesale restrictive covenants on the areas affected to slow the encroachment but… Read more »

Llewelyn
Llewelyn
1 month ago
Reply to  Gareth Parry

Prehaps if the Welsh government wasn’t in Cardiff and was where it should in “the North of Wales” this problem may have never got to this point.

Cardiff only cares about Cardiff.

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
1 month ago

Our comments should all be focused on condemning the situation, instead I see many people condemning each other and different places in Wales. if we keep doing this – we’ve lost. Stop it ! The issue is bad enough without us fighting amongst ourselves!

CJPh
CJPh
1 month ago
Reply to  Steve Duggan

Better it be in the comment section of an online magazine than within the leadership of the various organisations that do move us to indy. The squabbling isn’t the problem in and of itself, that’s perfectly normal; it is the insistence on a predetermined free Cymru above the concept of a free Cymru – that’s what fragments and sinks the movement. But a better, calmer more courteous discourse should be an aim for netizens, regardless of what subjects are discussed

Last edited 1 month ago by CJPh
Emma in England
Emma in England
1 month ago

You all want to stop slagging off the English, a lot of us English support the Welsh culture and language, protecting its heritage and countryside. We also protest second homes. When do you do the same for us? You can see we are being invaded by migrants, and all the above being eroded, you aren’t, yet none of you are sticking up for us. If this carries on, second homes will be the least of your worries when thousands of flats and new towns come to the peninsula in the interests of ‘diversity’ and ‘multiculturalism.

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