Saturday, 30 March 2013

Andrew Motion lays into second homes

The President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, former poet laureate Sir Andrew Motion, has laid into second homes saying that "townies in the countryside" were "gutting" rural communities.

In an interview in the Times, Sir Andrew says:

"I think there's a question about whether second homes mean you have inert dormitory communities in the countryside through most of the week, very often lived in by people who scoot down in their cars, see their smart friends, don't join in the life of the community and don't feed into it. They're townies in the countryside, they make sure they're back in London in time to catch the 10 o'clock news on Sunday night. That means rural communities are gutted."

The CPRE is backing changes to the tax regime to make second homes much more expensive to buy and run.

Coincidentally, Sir Andrew is the star guest at this year's Charles Causley Festival in Launceston. He is appearing at 4pm on Friday 7th June. The festival runs the entire weekend from the 7th to the 9th.

Note - Link is to the BBC story rather than the Times which site behind a paywall.

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