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Second Homes Crisis Revealed

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7:01am 23rd October 2012

Pirate FM has learnt there are now 23,000 people from up country that have a second home in Cornwall.

Campaigners say it is proof there is a crisis, pricing locals out of the market.

The properties are used for a mixture of holidays, study and work.

People in the Duchy have long known that some areas such as Rock and St Mawes act as magnets for people moving into the area.

Leon Pezzack was born and raised in Mousehole. He said: "One street in three have people living in it and the rest are just empty six months of the year. So, in my lifetime, you've gone from eight village shops to one, the Post Office is now amalgamated with that shop, the Girls Brigade has gone, the Boys Brigade has gone.

"If you've got a water meter, they're not using water ten months of the year so they're paying nothing towards the general water maintenance."

Sian Howells from Padstow wants planning permission for change of use brought in. She said: "There are some roads in Padstow where nobody lives now. It seems to me that the council aren't collecting the council tax that they would need to fund the street lighting and bin collections. So it would be about redressing the balance and getting our town lived in again."

7:01am 23rd October 2012

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