A community rally at the Tryweryn dam yesterday drew crowds of people to protest against the ongoing second-homes crisis in the region.

Organised by Cymdeithas yr Iaith (the Welsh Language Society), the rally heard from speakers including local MS Mabon ap Gwynfor – who is Plaid Cymru's housing spokesman – about the pressures of housing affordability and availability that are being felt most acutely in rural, touristic parts of Wales that are also attractive destinations for second-home buyers.

Here's our video of the scenes in Tryweryn yesterday:

The rally followed news that some 44 per cent of properties sold in the local Dwyfor Meirionnydd constituency last year were likely second-home purchases.

Ap Gwynfor called the issue "a crisis that will devastate communities if urgent government action isn’t taken”.


The Welsh Government has published plans for a “three-pronged approach” to respond to the crisis, but opposition figures have suggested their proposals don't go far enough.

Minister Julie James said the plans would "kick-start a summer of action which will determine how we tackle this issue now and into the future".