11/20/13, "Villagers brand Prince Charles a bully for sending them letters invoking ancient right to mine under their homes," UK Daily Mail, Steve Nolan
"Prince Charles has been branded a
'bully' by residents of Cornish village after he wrote to them invoking
an ancient right - to mine under their homes.
Prince of Wales's Duchy of Cornwall estate sent letters to residents of
Stoke Climsland to inform them that he owns the land beneath their
The Duchy wants the property owners to alter
their deeds to reflect his right to the metals and
elements buried beneath their floors.
letter has sparked fears that the claim could indicate plans for
fracking or mining in the area, but the estate has denied it has such an
the area, which has a population of just 1,600, say that their deeds
make no mention of the Prince's estate owning the land, but the Duchy
says that a 19th century Act of Parliament granted it the mines.
have until December 3 to contest the claim - an action that could land
homeowners with legal bills running into thousands of pounds.
Former policeman Clive Donner, 60, said: 'When
we purchased the property I examined the deeds. 'Nowhere does it
mention that Prince Charles has the mining and mineral rights in or
under our homes.
also have deeds from as far back as 1847 for our property and again it
does not mention anywhere anything about rights of the Duchy.
'They say they are not planning any mining but just following the law.
this was the case why not just let the whole mining minerals
application dissolve into history, or at the very least state that the
Duchy has no intention now or in the future to conduct any mining in or
under any homeowners' property.
He added: 'The
document states that if we do not reply it will take this as meaning we
agree to the Duchy's request and application.
'Employing a legal adviser
would cost a small fortune and is out of reach for all of us.
is nothing more than bully tactics and has been done to ensure that the
Duchy gets what it wants and that we, the actual owners, and the people
who live here have no chance to challenge the application.'
Cornwall sits on top on vast beds of metals and minerals and moves are underway to revive its famous tin mining industry.
Duchy spokesmen deny the move signals
any intent to start boring into the ground beneath the village's
historic buildings - which date back as far as the 16th century.
the last few years experts discovered large deposits of an ultra-rare
element - indium - at Cornwall's South Crofty, near Redruth, worth an
estimated £200 million.
The sought-after substance is used to make liquid crystal displays displays for iPads, satnavs and computer monitors.
the Duchy insists it has effectively owned the sub-soil beneath the
130,000-acre estate since its creation in 1337 and is 'simply
registering its existing rights.'
A spokesman said mining and mineral
rights were not included on the original Stoke Climsland deeds because a
19th-century act of parliament granted the mines and minerals
reservations separately to the Duchy.
He added: 'Therefore the mines and minerals reservations do not have to be included in each individual sale.'
villagers' outrage comes after the Marquess of Salisbury angered
residents of Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire earlier this month,
after asserting his rights to his neighbours' land so he can dig for
minerals under their homes.
rallied together to form a Facebook protest group after the former Tory
Part leader in the House of Lords claimed his 'market and fair rights,
sporting rights and rights in respect of the mines and minerals beneath
Some residents feared that his claims may indicate plans for fracking in the area. Some
suggested picketing the marquess' ancestral home, Hatfield House,
wearing medieval costumes and 'waving pitchforks and burning torches'.
decision to register follows a law introduced by the Labour government
in 2002 that stated all manorial rights would be lost if not registered
with the Land Registry within an 11-year window.
Now a number of landowners across the country are applying for manorial rights before that window closes this year."
Indium found under villagers' historic homes is used in manufacturing solar panels. Prince Charles must want to mine under an historic village because he "cares" about the planet:
9/27/11, "Researchers Use Carbon Nanotubes to Make Solar Cells Affordable, Flexible," Science Daily
"Currently, indium tin oxide is the dominant material used in transparent
conductor applications, but the material has two potential limitations.
Indium tin oxide is mechanically brittle, which precludes its use in
applications that require mechanical flexibility. In addition, Indium
tin oxide relies on the relatively rare element indium, so the projected
increased demand for solar cells could push the price of indium to
problematically high levels."...(parag. 5)
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