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I live in rural Somerset, UK. Up to thirty percent of the housing in some villages has been bought for second homes by Londoners. This keeps the price of property well out of the reach of any young people who may wish to stay there, even if they can find local jobs. Traditional farmers often struggle against agricultural imports, and the low prices paid by the big grocers like Tesco and Asda. The governments on both the county and nationl level are cutting services to rural communities as well. If the county closes a local school, then people with school age children have to move or drive their kids to school every day. If a local hospital is closed, the elderly are forced to find transport to ever more distant treatment facilities. I would say that most of Somerset is coping, but some counties, like Cornwall are really struggling.
by northsylvania on Sun Sep 16th, 2007 at 01:22:46 PM EST

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