‘You can’t blame us for needing a break’ says London news site as it plugs second home crisis village
A London news site has tackled the issue of a Welsh village at the centre of a second homes crisis by saying that they can’t be blamed for wanting a break now and again.
In an article about the “stunning Welsh seaside town” of Cwm-yr-Eglwys in Pembrokeshire the site MyLondon said that it is “falling victim to its own beauty”.
“So many Londoners have moved there’s ‘only one Welshman left’,” the article says.
“Although London is often considered the best city on Earth you can’t blame its inhabitants for needing a break now and again.”
But it admits that this mass movement can “export the London housing crisis to these quaint nooks but it can also turn them into ghost towns during the winter”.
“Visiting the small town makes it obvious why it’s so popular,” the article says.
“Sitting in a cove on a beautifully desolate stretch of coast, a ruined church overlooks the village’s beach. For Londoners looking to get away from the city’s churn, it’s easy to see the appeal.”
The article is one of a series on towns and villages in Wales on the site that advertises them as potential holiday destinations.
Another, about Aberaeron in Ceredigion, was deleted from the site after a social media backlash branded it “insane”. The article managed to confuse the town’s attractions with those of nearby Aberystwyth and Cwm Rheidol.
A similar article about Beddgelert in Gwynedd described the village as “haunted” and nearby Snowdon as “infamously beautiful”.
In June one of the last permanent residents of Cwm-yr-Eglwys called for action.
88-year-old Norman Thomas said that the Welsh Government to protect dying communities such as his.
Only two of the 50 houses in the village now have permanent residents – and those residents are in their 80s. The rest are holiday homes.
One house which did have a permanent resident was for sale – for £1.3m.
Norman Thomas told BBC Radio Cymru this morning that the village is completely empty during the winter and there is no longer a pub or shop.
“It’s sad that young Welsh people can’t afford these houses,” he told Dros Frecwast.
“The Government is to blame, and they should do something to stop it, and give the locals a chance – they have no chance now. There is no work in Pembrokeshire for them.
“It’s too late for Cwm-yr-Eglwys, these houses have all been sold to English people. I have nothing against them – they bring work here.
“Every winter there is work going on on the houses, and people from the area who do it, and without it local people would suffer.”
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