North Wales...Praise For Welsh language campaigners for posting 'Wales not for sale' stickers on Holiday Homes!
Once upon a time, they would just burn them down! Which was a shame because they were very often old welsh cottages.
(Meibion Glyndŵr (Welsh pronunciation: [ˈməibjɔn ɡlɨnˈduːr], Sons of Glyndŵr) was a group linked to the arson of English-owned holiday homes in Wales.
They were formed in response to the housing crisis precipitated by large numbers of houses being bought by wealthy English people for use as holiday homes, pushing up house prices beyond the means of many locals. They were responsible for setting fire to English-owned holiday homes in Wales from 1979 to the mid-1990s.)
One can partly understand such actions when local people cannot afford to buy a home but people from England can, (but not the burning of historic cottages or houses) and tensions are rising again and politicians need to start listening.
No one needs a second home in this day and age.
People on the Island are praising the posting of these stickers, but I wonder what will be next?
Language campaigners have plastered holiday homes in Rhosneigr on Anglesey with stickers saying "Wales is not for sale". Cymdeithas yr Iaith members and supporters have targeted the summer houses with posters declaring "Nid yw Cymru ar Werth" which translates as "Wales is not for sale".
The campaign group wants the council to raise the amount of council tax, paid by second homeowners, which has been set at a 75% premium since 2019. Councils can now charge a premium of up to 300%, reports WalesOnline.
In nearby Gwynedd, the council has revealed plans to increase council tax to 150% - at present, second homeowners in the area pay 100% extra - or double - the normal council tax rate. Speaking ahead of an Anglesey Council cabinet meeting Osian Jones, spokesman for the Nid yw Cymru ar Werth campaign, said: "The regulations and the housing situation have changed since the council made the original decision to raise a council tax premium of 75% on second homes.
"2,208 houses on the island are considered second homes, which is 9% of the county's housing stock, so the council needs to use the opportunity next week to put measures in place now to reduce the problem, by raising the council tax premium for second houses. The Welsh Government is not doing enough either - it has been slow to give guidelines to councils about their new powers, and there is still no mention of money or resources for councils to cover the additional work."
Earlier this year, Cymdeithas yr Iaith organized a Wales is not for sale rally outside the council offices. The group acknowledges that second homes are only part of the problem.
Average house prices are £275,635 while the average salary is £27,124. The organization is calling for a Property Act that will regulate the housing market.
Mr. Jones added: "While our communities are losing housing stock and local people are having to leave their communities, neither our councils nor the Government are doing enough, or acting quickly enough. We will use a Nid yw Cymru ar Werth rally in Llanrwst on December 17 to call on councils across Wales to make full use of the powers they have to tackle the effect of second houses, as well as calling on them to press for a complete Property Act which will regulate the housing market."
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