The seaside village faces the total occupation of vacation rentals
A small seaside village is at risk of being totally taken over by seasonal rental following the increase in secondary ownership in the region.
Campaigners fear residents living in the picturesque village of Cwm-yr-Eglwys in Pembrokeshire are overpriced from the popular holiday destination – with only two of the area’s 50 properties now having permanent residents.
In recent years the coastal village has become popular with holidaymakers exploring the tranquil beaches that surround the Welsh Coastal Path.
However, house prices in Pembrokeshire have also risen by more than five percent in the past year, with the average county house now costing Â£ 225,000.
A house currently for sale is on the market for over Â£ 1.3million despite no pub or village store in the area.
Married couple Elizabeth and Harry Broughton, who are permanent residents of the area, said the houses in the village were “quite in demand”.
They revealed that they were getting notes by the door, asking them if they were renting or considering selling their property.
One councilor said he was “sad that the local indigenous community cannot afford to live here”, while another local said he was the only Welsh speaker remaining in the village and feared the local identity does not escape.
The small seaside village of Cwm-yr-Eglwys in Pembrokeshire has seen an increase in the number of second home owners in recent years
With the average county house now costing Â£ 225,000, activists have called on authorities to take action against second home ownership. Pictured: a property in Cwm-yr-Eglwys
Married couple Elizabeth and Harry Broughton, who are permanent residents of the village, moved to the area 20 years ago
Mrs Broughton, who moved to the village with her husband 20 years ago, said: ‘We get notes by the door asking them if they can rent it or sell us.
âOur family would love to keep it, but it comes down to pounds and shillings and pennies.
âWe’re sitting on a gold mine here, there’s no question about it. Very few homes are for sale here so they are in high demand.
Meanwhile, local councilor Keith Battrick, 71, who has lived in the area for more than 50 years after moving from Bridgend, south Wales, said he was “sad that the local indigenous community cannot afford to live here “.
He said: âIt’s a summer village – winter it’s completely dead. No one here, just a strange walker – that’s all
âSo it really is a sad village and it will probably never change. It makes me sad that the local indigenous community cannot afford to live here.
âThe local children – including my son – who want to come back here are having a hard time. In 10 years there will probably be no one left in the area – the future of Cwm-yr-Eglwys is like a vacation spot. ‘
Father-of-four Norman Thomas, 88, whose house overlooks the beach, said he was the only Welsh speaker left in the village and feared the local identity would slip away.
He said: “I’m not against them – they bring work here. I get along with them all. But it’s sad the Welsh can’t afford these houses.
âThat house over there is on the market for Â£ 1.3million. It’s ridiculous. The government should have stepped in and stopped these high prices.
Activists fear local residents will be driven out of the village by rising house prices
The coastal village has become popular with exploring holidaymakers and house prices in Pembrokeshire have also risen by over five percent over the past year.
A small beach with access to the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path can be found in the village of Cwm-yr-Eglwys
Although there is no pub or village store, estate agents have noted an increase in demand for vacation rentals in the village.
“We have to accept that that’s what it is – there are a lot of little places like Cwm-yr-Eglwys – there’s nothing left – there’s not even an ad here.”
At the start of this year, there were 24,873 registered second homes in Wales, of which 4,068 were in Pembrokeshire, the BBC reported.
Activists are now urging authorities to take action against secondary homeownership.
Plaid Cymru housing spokesperson Mabon ap Gwenfor said: âThere is a threat that the crisis will leave in its wake a lost generation of young people forced to leave their square miles due to a price outside the region. in which they were born and raised.
âIt’s not limited to a few isolated and remote communities. This crisis has a ripple effect on all communities, and is therefore of national importance.
“We owe it to the young people of these communities to resolve this crisis and allow them to stay in the region they call home.”