‘In St Ives, we’re facing the financial cleansing of the town’s people’

As St Ives prepares to vote in a groundbreaking referendum to restrict second homes, there’s a surge of support for the change on the cosmopolitan harbourside

“Doesn’t that look wonderful, that little glimpse you can see? Doesn’t that look gorgeous?”

Linda Taylor is marching down a narrow cobbled street towards the harbour in the picture-postcard Cornish town of St Ives. She pauses at the end of the street to look across the water. Boats bob in the sunshine, children dig in the sand and visitors jostle along the front, on what feels like the first day of summer.

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