Hundreds of people lined up along the Tryweryn Dam in Gwynedd on Saturday July 10 to highlight their stand against housing market forces which they say are undermining both the Welsh language and communities.
Activists joined forces for the rally of Cymdeithas yr Iaith along the 600-meter dam near Bala with musician Dafydd Iwan addressing the crowd.
Menna Machreth, founder of Llety Arall, Mabon ap Gwynfor MS and Cian Ireland, the former Labor candidate for Dwyfor-Meirionnydd constituency, also addressed the activists.
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Leading figures in culture, politics and business are calling on the Welsh government to ‘act urgently and drastically to ensure that local communities can control the housing market and the planning process to secure housing for them. population ”.
Mabli Siriol Jones, National President of Cymdeithas yr Iaith, said: “It was good, we had over 1,000 people here. It shows how many people wanted to come and take a stand.
“There is not a community in Wales that is not affected by the situation. Prices have risen during the pandemic – Wales has the most dynamic UK house prices over the past year.
“In Grangetown in Cardiff, house prices have skyrocketed in recent years.
“The problems caused by the housing market manifest themselves differently in different regions, but the result is the same: young people are unable to find housing in their own community.
“Those at the Tryweryn Rally will call on the Welsh government to take serious action for social justice and ensure the survival of Welsh as a community language.
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“We don’t need more pilots, consultations and fluffy statements from the Welsh government. What we need is action.
“As urgent measures, we demand the introduction of a tax on tourism, on the profits of owners and on second homes, and so that the money collected is invested in the re-commissioning of empty houses and secondary.
“We also call for the introduction of a property law that will ensure community control over the housing market and the planning process, for a change in the definition of affordable housing, for the introduction of controls on house prices and rents, and for a cap to be introduced on the number of vacation homes in a given community.
She added: “We already have the answers, what we need now is political will.
“This is an opportunity for the government to listen and ensure a home for everyone, as well as strong Welsh speaking communities in all parts of the country.”
The rally was organized following a plan by the Welsh government to consult and develop a pilot project to tackle the effects of high house prices on communities and the Welsh language.
Welsh pressure group Cymdeithas yr Iaith called the proposals “vague and uninspiring” and “the latest example of the government remaining complacent as there is a housing market crisis in Wales”.