In Focus: The community cost of second homes in Wales

Rhosneigr Credit: ITV Wales

Many parts of Wales are blessed by nature, green hills and sweeping beaches. It attracts people to the area, sometimes they want to stay longer maybe they buy a second home.

Anglesey, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire have a large number of second homes. Anglesey has among the highest anywhere in the UK. While it attracts new people to the area it also pushes up house prices and sometimes that forces local people out.

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Rhosneigr on Anglesey is one of those areas. The local council estimates 45 per cent of homes there are second homes and local families are complaining that they can no longer afford to live there.

Danielle Robertson is from the village. She currently lives in south Wales but wants to return home to live near family but housing costs mean that is an impossible dream.

Danielle Robertson Credit: ITV Wales

The Welsh Government has given local authorities the power to impose higher council taxes on second and empty homes. Anglesey is one of the councils to exercise that power - a 25 per cent extra levy on those homes.

We've got about 700 empty homes and over 2,000 second homes...we hope to see people with empty homes, because they are going to have to pay a premium, will start to bring those homes into use.

Cllr Ieuan Williams, Leader Anglesey Council

Nobody can ban people from buying homes but Danielle and her family are calling for more help so that she and her siblings can afford to live in the area where they grew up.