Campaigners are forming a ‘human dam’ to protect Welsh communities from the housing crisis

Wales is not for sale

As the housing crisis worsens in Wales, campaigners claim it’s killing communities. So on 10 July, they’re holding a protest to draw attention to this. Welsh language and community activist group Cymdeithas yr Iaith expects:

to form a “human dam” across the Tryweryn dam near Bala, as a sign of the group’s determination to prevent the collapse of Welsh communities as a result of the housing crisis.

They say they’ll:

sign a statement calling on the Welsh Government to “take urgent and radical action to ensure that local communities can control the housing market and planning process in order to secure homes for their people.”

Housing crisis in Wales

As reported by The Canary in September 2020, campaigners called for action against second homes in Wales. Socialist republican campaign group for independence in Wales Undod, said:

One of the main areas where the crisis visibly exposed the class divide is housing. Housing was an acute issue in Wales before the crisis, and the pandemic has illuminated the extent to which housing precarity impacts savagely on working class people across the whole of Wales.

A spokesperson for Cymdeithas yr Iaith said:

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We can’t wait yet more decades for the Government to take decisive action: our communities are being torn apart as young people are forced to move because such a large proportion of the houses are bought at inflated prices by richer people, often using them as holiday houses or second homes; without strong communities, the future of the Welsh language looks bleak.

Mark Drakeford has already pledged to take action to prevent the injustice, and Cymdeithas yr Iaith will be campaigning to ensure that a series of radical steps are taken to tackle the situation, as opposed to token gestures. Our communities can’t wait any longer.

The campaign has started

Cymdeithas yr Iaith added:

Tomorrow (Friday, 21 May), we will start to count down 50 days to the date of the rally by announcing every day names of prominent people who will be coming to the rally to sign the call on the new Government.

Their campaign is already underway.

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    1. Second homes aren’t just a problem in Wales, seaside and rural communities in most of the UK suffer from price inflation and decimation of their communities. If nothing else can be done then it’s high time second homes were very heavily taxed with the income generated going to the local community.

      I hope Mark Drakeford and the Welsh Assembly manage to find some novel and workable solutions to the problem.

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