Cornish activists threaten to block all roads leading to the county in protest against second owners

Campaigners have threatened to block all roads leading to Cornwall in protest against the county’s second owners.

Kernow Matters to Us, a Cornish campaign group, said it was taking a stand against non-locals entering the area, with the aim of ensuring that every ‘Cornish person’ gets one first.

The group said it was discussing the possibility of blocking roads, including the A30 and the Tamar Bridge if the issue was not resolved.

A spokesperson said: “It is in our power to do these things and there is not much to stop us.”

The comments come as it was announced that a protest would take place in Truro later this month to highlight the growing housing crisis in Cornwall.

It was previously revealed that dozens of former social housing units were illegally rented out as student accommodation and AirBnB for profit.

Kernow Matters to Us said this keeps these properties at extremely high rent and inaccessible to people who need them.

Cornwall council announced in 2019 that it would take legal action against landlords who failed to meet commitments related to the sale of former council houses.

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However, there are now fears that the pledge to act has faded from the radar after council agents were diverted to other roles due to the Covid pandemic.

A spokesperson for Kernow Matters said: ‘We can no longer live like this, and we will not accept that the growing mass homelessness of people in Cornwall and the ever rising house prices become an accepted part. of life.

“We demand action, we demand change, we demand dignity.

“We’re not just bartenders, ice cream servers and lifeguards, we’re people who deserve to be able to rent and buy where we live.

“This is a protest to demand immediate emergency action from our MPs and Westminster to deal with this crisis.

“We deserve affordable housing and rental properties. Cornwall is not a playground, it is not just a tourist hot spot and a great place to live by the beach if you have the money – this is our home, it is our culture, our family, our friends, our livelihood – and we can. I can’t even afford to live here.

“No more second homes. No more exorbitant rents. No more vacation rentals on council houses. Enough is enough.

“Building cabins by Cornwall Council is not enough and does absolutely nothing to tackle the roots and growing catastrophe of this crisis.

“Come to the demonstration, show your support and you can share your story or that of someone else who is living and going through this housing crisis.”

Formed in 2015 to proclaim and celebrate Cornish culture, history, language and music ‘while speaking out shamelessly for Cornish people’, members of Kernow Matters support the Cornish national minority.

They are urging those concerned about housing issues in Cornwall to attend the demonstration on Lemon Quay in Truro on Saturday August 21.

Requests

The protest demands the following demands:

– “That George Eustice, Scott Mann, Sheryll Murray, Steve Double, Derek Thomas and Cherilyn Mackrory commit to sending a joint public letter to Parliament, demanding immediate and material action to end the housing crisis.

– That the six Cornwall MPs commit to participating in a community led housing crisis action plan group.

– That Cornwall Councilor Linda Taylor and the new Conservative-led council accept demands for a housing crisis petition, which was signed by 44,581 people as of July 31 to:

– Collect a higher and stricter tax on second homes which recognizes the threat they pose to local communities.

– Close the loophole that allows them to be classified as “businesses”, which allows them to tap into locally allocated funds and, in some cases, to avoid paying housing tax altogether.

– Work quickly to define firm strategies to cap local rents based on local income so that local families do not find themselves homeless.

– Use the funds accumulated by properly taxing second homes in building FIRST and ONLY affordable homes for local families.

Related: Homeless Residents Evicted From Cornwall Hotels Before G7, Charity said

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