Hatfield launch for national land law campaign

PUBLISHED: 17:00 13 February 2014

Welwyn Garden City residents gather outside Hatfield House to protest to Lord Salisbury

Welwyn Garden City residents gather outside Hatfield House to protest to Lord Salisbury

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Campaigners from Welwyn Garden City trying to abolish ancient property rights are planning to demonstrate in Hatfield next week.

A group of owners of homes in the Handside area, all notified in October that the Marquess of Salisbury claimed manorial rights over their land, including hunting and mining, will demonstrate outside the main entrance to Hatfield House at 10.30am on Wednesday, February 19.

Although originally they hoped to persuade the marquess, ancestral heir to the mansion and its estate, to withdraw his claim, they now want to abolish the rights by Act of Parliament.

Campaign spokeswoman Amanda White told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “During the march we will make our people’s proclamation, which will spell out our intention to reach out to affected MPs and some of the 106,000 or so affected households across England and Wales and to campaign jointly to abolish these ancient feudal laws.”

The borough council, which has received similar notifications for several homes it owns freehold, is preparing to write to affected leaseholders to explain the implications.

The campaign has gathered more than 400 signatures for a petition to the Prime Minister, but it needs 10,000 to force a Parliamentary debate.

Campaigners also hope the Parliamentary Justice Select Committee will discuss manorial rights, which were abolished in Scotland in 2000.


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