Jun 152015
 

After interruptions and various distractions I’m finally pressing on with my Magnum Opus ‘The Colonisation of Wales’. One distraction has been the disturbing news received from a number of quarters about the Llandysul, Drefach and Dre-Fach Felindre area of Dyffryn Teifi. It seems that this area, straddling the boundary between Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion, is a hotspot for the importation of non-working and elderly populations, by both private landlords and Registered Social Landlords (RSLs).

Llandysul non-working

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I’m hearing of ex-council properties being turned into flats, and these then being rented to drug addicts and others brought in from over the border. I’m hearing of people who bought their council house being pestered by ‘investors’ and housing associations to sell to them. I’m hearing of an estate in Llandysul owned by Tai Ceredigion where most of the tenants, originally from Birmingham and Liverpool, are almost all of the non-working and / or long-term ‘sick’ variety. Yet Tai Ceredigion plans to extend this estate by adding 50 more houses!

Which means that Tai Ceredigion expects the rest of us to pay – through the Social Housing Grant and other ‘Welsh’ Government funding – for new properties for which there is clearly no local demand. And once they’ve arrived, then we shall be expected to pay housing benefit for those Tai Ceredigion will import to fill the 50 new properties.

Other reports talk of an influx of Londoners and Brummies into Dre-Fach Felindre. While nearby, at Waungilwen, there are bungalows for elderly and disabled people, a disproportionate number of which are now occupied by other recent arrivals from England, some of whom don’t seem too sure where they are! When canvassed for the general election one response was, “Is it Labour or Conservative round here?” So who is bringing into Wales people that can only be a burden on the NHS and other services? And do the housing associations (and private landlords) responsible pass on to the NHS and other providers part of the extra funding they get for taking in people with ‘problems’?

Another angle I’d like to explore is the possible relationship between private landlords and RSLs. Because it has been suggested to me that a relationship exists, with private landlords taking in dubious and undesirable tenants with the guarantee that such tenants will soon be re-housed by a local housing association. This system leads to certain privately-owned properties operating a revolving-door system of tenants changing every few weeks. (One advantage here being that, with such people already having an address in the area, an RSL can claim it’s housing ‘locals’.) So any info on links between private landlords and RSLs would be welcome.

Another aspect to the wider racket much-needed work being done is the re-housing of the ‘homeless’. I hear of a large terraced house in Aberteifi (Cardigan) owned by Cantref. A steady flow of ‘homeless’ individuals and families pass through this property before, presumably, being housed elsewhere by Cantref. What these people have in common is that none of them is Welsh. Nor were any of them ever homeless in Wales. So why is a Welsh housing association using our money, yours and mine, to house people who became homeless in England?

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The RSLs involved in Dyffryn Teifi are, in addition to Tai Ceredigion, Cantref (formerly Tai Cantref) and, possibly, our old friends Gwalia, responsible for inflicting the Kidwelly Paedophile Gang on Wales. Given that I already have such good information on Dyffryn Teifi I plan to use it as an example of the wider problem to be found across rural and coastal Wales. A problem that makes it clear there is no shortage of social housing, in fact, in most areas there is an oversupply – so why is the ‘Welsh’ Government funding housing associations and others to build yet more properties for which there is clearly no local demand?

The only answer is that the ‘Welsh’ Government is deliberately funding, from the stretched budget of a poor country, the colonisation of that country. There can be no other explanation for what would otherwise be economic illiteracy. With one result being that Dyffryn Teifi, an area that until very recently was overwhelmingly Welsh in language and sentiment, is being rapidly anglicised.

So I appeal to everyone reading this for more information on the rented and social housing sector in Dyffryn Teifi. I want to know which housing associations are involved and which properties they own. I would also like specific addresses for the privately rented properties – particularly former council houses now converted into flats – in the hope that I can find out who owns them. I would also be interested in hearing from locals who might have experienced difficulty in securing social housing.

Finally, I appeal to those working for housing associations, in Dyffryn Teifi and elsewhere in our rural and coastal areas. You know how your employer operates, you should therefore realise that this lunacy cannot continue. Sooner or later the ‘Welsh’ Government will have to pull the funding plug on a system that sees housing associations wasting tens of millions of pounds every year bringing into Wales the kind of people that would have doors slammed in their faces if they tried to move anywhere else.

They’ve had a good run but time is running out for housing associations. So think ahead, and think of yourself; a few years from now having ‘————- Housing Association’ on your CV may not do you any favours. Write in confidence to editor@jacothenorth.net.

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Emlyn Uwch Cuch
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Add Newcastle Emlyn to your sad litany. I have been there a few times recently, only to find that almost no Welsh is spoken up and down the streets. Just English people. I make a point in Welsh Wales of speaking Welsh to shop workers, but in one particular NCE supermarket all I get is blank stares and none-too-polite instructions to speak English. This in a shop where 3 years… Read more »
Mr Jones
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What nonsense you speak about Castell Newydd. You’ll hear Welsh spoken in most places in the town, i’d say at least half a dozen of the independent shop owners are first language Welsh speakers.

bansamkha
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just to name a few places of the top of my head the local chippy in drefach and newcastle emlyn are welsh speaking first and emlyn rugby club you could say is 99% welsh speaking and i was an incomer 40 years ago, welsh has always been spoken here now as much as 40 years ago.

Mr Jones (el comadreja)
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Mr Jones (el comadreja)

Begin in Old station road in the town, and there would be four businesses which are owned by first language Welsh speakers. Welsh would be the majority language of the farmers, who sell their livestock every Thursday, and every other Tuesday at the towns livestock market.

The auctioneers who carry out the livestock sales are also fluent in Welsh as a first language.

Balchder
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Good article, all over Wales councils from across the border have been moving their “Social burden” for years. With a parachute payment to the councils they are in. Thing is this payment isn’t forever and we end up paying for them in the long run

Lee
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So long as remain part of the UK and/or EU, we have no control over who enters Cymru. I joined Plaid to free our nation from English control and it frustrates me that Plaid is so EU-friendly we have no one really prepared to stand up for our heritage. So long as we have a Labour Assembly government keeping us poor and property prices low, we’ll remain a cheap option… Read more »
Ian Perryman
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Depends what you mean by ‘supermarket’.
A lot of small supermarkets are little more than corner shops which have allied themselves to a brand name such as Spar. They are owned by individuals – not the big chains.
Whoever buys the business chooses the staff – usually from amongst friends and family.

Colin
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To quote:
“A harder edged form of nationalism is needed, something prepared to say what needs to be said and do what needs to be done. Time is running out”

I agree but what the hell will make a difference?

Ian Perryman
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Here’s some info on Morrisons
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/welsh-language-prescription-turned-away-6480112

And if you’re ever in Aberystwyth (without the wife) you may be interested in this.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-mid-wales-29809745

Iestyn
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In fairness to Mr Jones above, Castell Newydd Emlyn *does* have a mix of Welsh and English owned / operated shops. I find CNE to be horribly anglicised at times, and yet if you know where to look, there’s plenty of Welsh to be had. But therein lies the rub. If you have to *look* for the Welsh, then the pressure is off. There’s no encouragement to any new residents… Read more »
Brychan
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Iestyn has a valid point about ‘default language’. I’m Welsh, bilingual, but my default language is English. In the Rhondda I rarely speak Welsh, just with friends who either, of my generation have Welsh speaking parentage or with the ‘weird’ younger people who have Welsh as a linguistic feat from school and have continued to use the language into adulthood when the opportunity presents itself. I do notice, however, when… Read more »
Emlyn Uwch Cuch
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I don’t wish to gainsay Mr Jones in that if you know (and as Iestyn confirms, you must know) where to go in NCE, you can be served in Welsh. But Mr Jones must admit that if he visits the Co-op, the Library, the newsagents, the Post Office, and several of the shops and cafés he’ll be confronted by monoglot, immigrant staff, many of whom show the attitude I outlined… Read more »
Mr Jones(
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There have been incomers, mainly from the SE of England moving in to the Emlyn area for as long as I can remember. Do they integrate well with their Welsh neighbours? In my experience the majority of them do, bar the odd lletwyth type.

Iestyn
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I agree entirely with Mr Jones on this point, and I think we need to remind ourselves, and more importantly make it obvious that we understand this point. English people (and people from further afield), over decades, and probably centuries, have moved to Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire, and settled in and become a part of the community. There is nothing inherently wrong with outsiders settling in our areas. But a few… Read more »
Colin
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Is Mr Jones (or is it Mr Mr Jones?) saying he doesn’t believe that the colonisation of our land by the English is happening or just in his village? Trust me Mr Jones, before long there won’t be any houses left for the Welsh to live in here, all semblance of a national identity will have gone along with our dignity. It’s being done very slowly, we don’t see the… Read more »
Alun
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Just look at the link below for electoral Ward and County profiles for Carmarthenshire (2011). See also the link for the Cynwyl Caeo ward which is typical for the rural areas. Once a bastion for the Welsh Language only 46.7% now speak it. The reason being is that only 54.5% of the electorate are Welsh born. Only 3.5% were born outside the UK. The Welsh Language and its culture are… Read more »
Anonymous
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I’m a Brummie who earns a decent salary in England during the week, and spends most of it in Ceredigion at the weekends

Iestyn
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I know a few people like you who do the same, Anon. Thank you very much for it. I wonder, have you ever really thought what you like so much about Ceredigion? As in, why Ceredigion above, say, Devon or Dorset, Cumbria or Yorkshire? The people that I know well who live / work in England and spend time in Welsh Wales are people who love it here for the… Read more »
Carnabwth
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Do you think Mandy Miles of the Sirhowy Arms might have some things of interest to say regarding the people being put up in her hostel and where they are from?

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=sirhowy+arms+argoed&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&channel=fs&gws_rd=cr,ssl&ei=Xi2DVaH4BKPC7AaSpICYDg

Carnabwth
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It ws reported that Miles had said that searches she had done using the internet brought up results for some rather unsavoury charachters, to say the least, being referred to her establishment.

Al Coed Da
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The last census shows us that Ceredigion is now overrun. Less than 50% are now welsh speakers, not because there are so much less of us but because there are more of them. We can no longer get a majority to win a pro language argument. Democracy can no longer serve us. In the words of ( a man who knew only too well) Benjamin Franklin ” Democracy is two… Read more »
Davydh Trethewey (@MawKernewek)
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I’d recommend you have a read of Bernard Deacon’s work on Cornwall: https://cornwalldevelopersparadise.wordpress.com/say-no-to-47500-houses/going-west-housing-migration-and-population-growth-in-cornwall/ https://bernarddeacon.wordpress.com/demography/the-great-in-migration-1960s-to-the-present-day/ there’s a lot to be learned there about unpacking the perceptions and finding what the data is saying, for example many people believe that the majority of people moving into Cornwall are retirees but apparently that was only ever true for a few years in the 1960s, the majority now are working age.

dafis
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Just back into this blog’s “sphere” after a week away ! As I said on your other recent contribution it’s very reassuring to find that we remain alert to the subversive activities of the 3rd sector, in this case the “Physical Colonising Authority” – otherwise trading as sundry Housing Associations and their partner bodies. The data regarding South Ceredigion and North/West Carms is particularly startling to me as I always… Read more »
Daley Gleephart
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A civilised greeting that’s in strong contrast to the way some Brits behave when outside of Ingerland. http://zelo-street.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/daily-mail-cyprus-paedo-scare.html

Insider
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The Cantref annual general meeting was an interesting affair – nice white tent in the castle grounds, and tenants had a free bus to enjoy the expensive hog roast and free wine. By all accounts (too) much joy was had, and some young tenants from the hostel plus a staff member had rather too much to drink, which ended in tears. At a time when we the staff have been… Read more »
josef
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Its all hit the fan now. Reported in housing online on thursday. I am glad other people are now talking and telling the truth. Cantref staff deserve better than how they have been treated. The management kept the union rep out of the board room and away from board members leaving us no choice. no amount of lunches with Bev from the cambrian news or sue lewis is going to… Read more »
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