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Welsh language campaigners urge supporters to join rally

04 Apr 2024 3 minute read
A previous Cymdeithas yr Iaith rally

A Welsh language campaign group has urged supporters to attend a housing rally to put pressure on the Welsh Government to secure legislation that they hope will make a difference to communities across Wales.

Cymdeithas yr Iaith has warned that there will be no radical action to solve the housing crisis in Wales and protect Welsh communities unless people come in large numbers to the Nid yw Cymru ar Werth (Wales is Not For Sale) rally in Blaenau Ffestiniog on May 4 to show the strength of feeling.


The main speakers at the event will be Beth Winter MP, Mabon ap Gwynfor local MoS, Cllr Craig ab Iago, housing portfolio holder on Gwynedd Council cabinet, and Ffred Ffransis on behalf of Cymdeithas yr Iaith.

A a rally in Llangefni on Saturday 17th September 2022

The speakers, and a host of prominent local individuals – including Cllr Elfed Wyn ap Elwyn, Arfon Jones (former Commissioner of the North Wales Police), Siân Northey and Sara Ashton – will sign the “Property Act – Nothing Less Will Do” declaration.


There are concerns among language campaigners that the Government does not understand the extent of the crisis facing Welsh communities, and that progressive policies to get to the root of the problem will not be adopted.

In a call to supporters of the campaign for a Property Act, one of the organisers of the rally, Osian Jones, said: “In meetings with officials from the Welsh Government’s Department of Housing and Planning, Cymdeithas yr Iaith has been very disappointed with the lack of understanding of problems facing local people when trying to find homes at an affordable price in their community, and the lack of understanding of the breaking up of Welsh communities.

“Unless there is great pressure on the Government before the summer, there is a real danger that the Government’s White Paper on Housing will not make a real difference to our communities.

In practice, this is the last opportunity during this Senedd term to introduce and pass legislation that will control the housing market for the benefit of local people and plan new developments according to the needs of our communities.

“After decades of campaigning and decline in our communities, radical action is needed now. Our call will therefore be “Property Act – Nothing Less Will Do”, and the hope is that Stiniog and the surrounding areas of Traws, Penrhyn, Port, Penllyn and Dyffryn Conwy will lead the way and that everyone who is concerned about the future of our communities Welsh come in their hundreds or thousands to the rally.”

The rally, which is being held on International Workers’ Day, comes a few months before the Welsh Government publishes its long-awaited White Paper on “The Right to Adequate Housing” and before the Commission for Welsh-speaking Communities chaired by Professor Simon Brooks publishes its final report.

The rally and march will start at 2pm from Diffwys Car Park in Blaenau Ffestiniog on Saturday 4 May.

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Gareth Davies
Gareth Davies
6 days ago

This has been a problem for decades. The Senedd has gone some way in protecting communities involved, but need a deeper understanding of the problem to ensure positive, workable outcomes and solutions for now and future generations. Nid da lle gellir gwell.

6 days ago

We are so much in debt as a nation to
Ffred …. A life time of service from a “ hogin Rhyl “ to the rebuilding of our Nation Cymru.

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