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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Prince Charles informs villagers he's seizing metal and mineral rich land under their homes, says he has ancient right to their land, villagers can't afford legal fees to fight greed of Prince Charles-UK Daily Mail

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.

The 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 properties.

The Duchy wants the property owners to alter their deeds to reflect his right to the metals and elements buried beneath their floors. 

The 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 intent.

Homeowners in 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.

Residents 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.

'I 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.

'If 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.

'This 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.

During 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.

But 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.'

The 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.

Campaigners 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 the property'.

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'.

His 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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