Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.
Cornish Face Being "Financially Cleansed" Out of Seaside Towns
7:01am 29th June 2012
It is claimed locals are being forced out of Cornish seaside towns because of so-called 'financial cleansing'.
Campaigners reckon an explosion of luxury flats in places like St Ives is making it impossible for locals to afford homes.
They want more say in where developers can build in the town.
Nineteen year old Abi Walton lives at home. She said even renting a property in the town would be too expensive for her, "I'll have to earn a lot of money, live somewhere else for a very long time, to even think about getting back into St Ives, which isn't sort of fair to everybody that just lives here, that have been brought up here.
"To rent a one-bedroom flat in St Ives would cost the same to rent a three bedroom house in Redruth. They are all luxury apartments and flats and hotels, and things that we aren't a part of as St Ives, the community and the people."
Campaigners are calling for greater powers for locals to block controversial developments.
Captain Eric Kemp, who has lived in the resort for seventy years, is one of them.
He said: "Somebody last week, I understand on the grapevine, actually paid seven hundred and fifty thousand pounds for a flat in St Ives. Well where do the local people, and where do young people have a chance in that?
"They're being pushed financially out of their homes, they're being pushed out of our town, they're taking away its character, they're taking away the Cornishness, and we the Cornish are the last ones to have any say about it."
Share This StoryTweet
UPDATE: Flames Rip Through Derelict Pub
Cornwall News: Locals in Falmouth say they could feel the heat through their windows
HSBC closing 62 more UK branches to create 'sustainable' network
National News: HSBC has said it is to shut a further 62 UK branches in 2017, just weeks after a report said the bank had led the sector in site closures over the past two years.
Business Cornwall News - Friday, 18th December 2015
Business Cornwall News: Cornwall is spearheading reform of the Uk’s business licensing laws following a a year-long project.
Andy Murray knocked out of Australian Open by Mischa Zverev
Sports News: Andy Murray's dreams of his first Australian Open win have been crushed in stunning fashion by Germany's 50th-ranked Mischa Zverev.
Finally! After years of trying, China celebrates ballpoint pen breakthrough
Strange News: China has finally produced its own fully home-produced ballpoint pen after years of trying to master the complex techniques involved in making the delicate tips.
VIDEO: Cornish Mum Tells of Baby's Whooping Cough Terror
Cornwall News: A mum from Truro is pleading with parents to watch a video of her baby battling whooping cough so they know the signs