Don't panic over Land Registry letter – Calum
2:08pm Friday 1st November 2013 in Ammanford news
A TYCROES-based county councillor has assured householders in the area not to be unduly worried about letters sent out from the UK Land Registry Office.
Many residents in Tycroes and neighbouring villages received a letter telling them that the descendants of the old Iscennen estate were registering their 'manorial rights'.
The claims were registered by a 'Sir' and 'Duke' from London and were administered by a London law firm prompting worried residents to contact their councillors and solicitors.
On investigation Cllr Higgins – Labour's parliamentary candidate from Carmarthenshire East and Dinefwr – found the letters had been sent out in response to a deadline set by the Government in 2002, that forced old manors and estates to register their historical rights by October 13 of this year or else lose the rights.
Most manorial rights are worthless, although they can include mineral rights to coal.
"It came as a bit of a shock to lots of people in the village, particularly elderly and vulnerable people who were frightened by an official-looking letter," said Cllr Higgins. "My message to them is don't worry. The letters appear to register historical rights that have been passed down from the old manor, and you can object to the claims if anything comes from them at a later date.
"If you're still worried, you may want to see a solicitor, but you aren't on your own."
The claims were registered on October 10, just three days before the deadline, prompting Cllr Higgins to complain that the deadline hadn't been publicised enough by the UK Government.
"If people had been made aware of the deadline I'm sure it wouldn't have been such a shock to receive a letter," he said. "These manors have had 11 years to register their historical rights and I think it's bad practice to leave people uninformed until three days before the deadline."
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