A North Wales village in a Welsh-speaking heartland has seen a huge drop in the number of native speakers in recent years. The Ynys Mon (Anglesey) village of Rhosneigr has the lowest percentage of Welsh speakers on the island - with less than one in three able to speak Cymraeg.

According to Streetcheck.co.uk, the percentage of people able to speak Welsh in the village is just 27% - a figure much lower than the Ynys Mon average of 55.8%. The figure is also substantially lower than in the neighbouring villages of Valley and Llanfaelog where around 50% can speak the language.

Even the port town of Holyhead, the largest town on Ynys Mon, boasts a significantly higher percentage of Welsh speakers. Part of the problem regarding the status of the language is the amount of second properties or "holiday homes" in the village.

We revealed last year that residents of Rhosneigr complained that the village had become "like a ghost town" during the winter months - with whole estates left empty for "months on end".

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Cymdeithas yr Iaith (The Welsh Language Society) told North Wales Live that the situation is a symptom of the housing situation in the area. They called on the Welsh Government to introduce a new property act to tackle the problem.

A Cymdeithas spokesperson said: "Cymdeithas yr Iaith is deeply alarmed by the decline in the proportion of Welsh language speakers in Rhosneigr. However, the causes of this decline are known and reversible, and there is no room for complacency.

"Rhosneigr and Ynys Môn are at the epicentre of the second homes crisis, a symptom of the wider failure of the free market on housing to fulfil its purpose in providing adequate, affordable homes for local people. The Welsh Government could begin to alleviate this problem today by introducing a new Property Act as called upon by Cymdeithas yr Iaith, which would adequately regulate the housing market so that it fulfils its social obligation."

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The Cymdeithas spokesperson continued: "In terms of education, over the past decades there have been attempts by the County Council to close many of Ynys Môn’s Welsh-medium rural schools, which are vital to maintain Welsh as a living language in the island’s rural communities. Cymdeithas yr Iaith worries that renewed attempts could be made in the next few years, something which would be very detrimental to the future of the language on Ynys Môn - if the language is to thrive on Ynys Môn, the future of these schools cannot be in doubt.

"Of course, Ynys Môn is not unique and the Welsh language faces challenges across Wales. To address them, the Welsh Government must act now to rapidly increase Welsh-medium education provision, introduce a new Property Act to regulate the housing market, and strengthen the rights of Welsh speakers as laid out in the 2011 Welsh Language Act."