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Activists in 20 mile march to highlight Gwynedd’s second homes ‘crisis’

Claims that a second home “crisis” is threatening the Welsh language in its very heartlands has prompted a 20 mile march as activists demand action.

Prompted by recent figures showing that 40% of all house sales in Gwynedd are now for second homes, campaigners trekked from Nefyn to Caernarfon on Saturday while urging the Welsh Government to implement emergency measures to stem their flow.

Nefyn Town Council has been particularly active over recent months, reporting that 30% of houses in Edern and 15% in Morfa Nefyn are holiday homes, while claiming that prices have gone “through the roof” since lockdown despite the average local wage being £16,000.

According to Gwynedd’s housing department, an additional 811 houses are needed in the county every year to meet current local demand, but with 830 homes being “lost” as second homes, this creates a “gap” of 1,641.

Earlier this week, the Senedd passed a

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Boston’s worsening Methadone Mile has task force prioritizing decentralization, bathrooms

The conditions on Boston’s Methadone Mile have worsened amid the coronavirus pandemic, and the city’s task force for the crime-ridden area is hoping to decentralize recovery services, organize the response and deal with the rampant bathroom issues there.



a group of people sitting on a cart: BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 12-SATURDAY: People line the sidewalk at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard September 12, 2020, in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Connors/Media News Group/Boston Herald)


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BOSTON, MA – SEPTEMBER 12-SATURDAY: People line the sidewalk at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard September 12, 2020, in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Connors/Media News Group/Boston Herald)

“There’s more people coming in, but there’s fewer people seeking treatment,” said City Councilor Frank Baker, whose Dorchester-South End district includes most of the area in question. “We can blame a lot on COVID. Because of COVID, there are more people out of work — more people out on the street.”

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The area around Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard is disparagingly known as “Methadone Mile,” due to the methadone clinics located there,

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