Llanberis: 'Heart-breaking' increase in the number of second homes in the past year


Llanberis (Image: Raintheone (CC BY-SA 4.0))

A resident of Llanberis in Gwynedd has described the increase in the number of second homes in the village as "heart-breaking".


Siân Gwenllian, the Plaid Cymru MS for Arfon (the constituency in which Llanberis is located) said that she had been approached earlier in the week by a constituent who spoke of her sadness at the increase in second homes in the village.


Ms Gwenllian said: “I have been approached this week by a constituent in Llanberis who told me that the situation in the post-industrial village is ‘heart-breaking’, and makes her want to move away.

“In a single year, five houses on her street have been bought as second homes or summer homes."


Llanberis has traditionally been a stronghold of the Welsh language. According to the 2011 census, 74.7% of the village's residents could speak the language, despite the fact 26.4% of villagers were not born in Cymru.


Ms Gwenllian, who is her parties' Spokesperson for the Welsh Language said that her constituent had told her that the second homes were "empty for most of the year" and that as a result they were changing "the social fabric of the village".

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