Second homes a destructive extravagance and in times like this dangerous

Second homes have always been a destructive extravagance they spread in the second part of the twentieth century into Wales and Scotland and turned villages in Conwall into weekday ghost towns. The inflated worth placed on them displaced young people from the housing market and exacerbated homelessness. They destroyed cultures and led to one of the most strident backlashes against them spanning two decades in Wales.

However they are a curse in all the Celtic countries from the West of Ireland, Cornwall, Wales and Scotland. Even the Isle of Man grudgingly admits now it has homelessness.

The issue has never really gone away but in recent years has been displaced from the news but coronavirus brought it back as the second home owners and ‘weekend country folk’ from urban Britain brought the dangers of the virus into areas ill equipped from the point of view of medical services to cope with it.

Time for a debate really in the Parliaments and Assemblies of the Celtic countries on this scourge.

‘Home and away’? Time the scourge of second homes on the Celtic fringe went away forever!

Image: The threat by second homes to community, culture and language led to two decades of strife in Wales

Bernard Moffatt

Assistant General Secretary

Celtic League (28th April 2020)

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