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Price of house up for sale for £625,000 slammed as ‘immoral’

09 Apr 2021 3 minute read
House for sale in Morfa Nefyn

The price of a house which has been put up for sale for £625,000, has been slammed as “immoral” by a councillor.

Gareth Tudor Morris Jones, a Gwynedd county councillor for Morfa Nefyn, Pen Llŷn, is concerned about the price of the three-bedroom property in the area, which has been listed by Purple Bricks.

The house is described as being “in a very sought after location” on the firm’s website.

Cllr Jones fears that high house prices are turning the village into a “ghost town” and has described the situation as “heart-breaking” because young people are finding it hard to get on to the property ladder in the area.

Gareth Tudor Morris Jones told Golwg360: “I’m incredibly worried about this and I feel for young people who clearly can’t get a house locally. It’s heart-breaking.

“It’s reached a high-water mark with the price of this house, it’s incredibly unreasonable – it’s immoral to be honest.

“Every house that goes on sale gets sold straight away in Morfa Nefyn by now and we have been worrying about it for a while locally.

“The place is changing underneath our noses. I’d say that half the houses are second homes by now.

“We want people to live her fulltime, not for parts of the year. It will be a ghost town if it carries on like this.”

‘Very worrying’

Wil Chidley, 22, who started the ‘Hawl i fyw Adra’ (Right to Live at Home) campaign and hopes to buy a house in the area with his partner, added: “The fact that houses here are going for such high prices is very worrying to me as a young person.

“And I know that a lot of my friends and people that I know are worrying about it terribly too.

“I worry that enough isn’t being done by the council to ensure that young people can afford to live in their communities.

“This house for example, was a house that was built, and Gwynedd Council has obviously allowed that to be built because the Town Council is against the bid.

“It is obvious then that the opinion of the Town Council doesn’t mean anything to the County Council.

On the ‘Hawl i Fyw Adra’ campaign, he said: “It feels like they’re throwing everything in your face. This campaign was started in Morfa Nefyn, and then you see a house going for that price. It’s awful.

“I think it’s crucial that the next government gets a grip on this because the small communities in Pen Llŷn and North Wales aren’t going to have any sort of future if this carries on.

“We need to think about what can be done to create stability in these villages’ demographics in order to ensure that the communities are sustainable.”

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