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Cornish Face Being "Financially Cleansed" Out of Seaside Towns

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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."

7:01am 29th June 2012

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