Mr Menzies welcomes manorial rights clarity

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has received reassurances from ministers over applications for manorial rights to land in Kirkham.

Mr Menzies was contacted by a number of constituents recently after Land Registry letters were received by householders throughout the market town, stating that someone had made a claim to the mining and mineral rights under their property.

This week, the Member of Parliament received a reply from Minister of State, Michael Fallon MP, in which the Minister explained that the letters did not mean any changes to ownership but merely aimed to identify anyone who had a potential claim to the land.

The reason for this was because of the introduction of the Land Registration Act 2002 which meant those rights would no longer be automatically protected as they had in the past and so claims had to be officially registered.

Mr Menzies said: “I was recently contacted by a number of constituents who were obviously concerned about receiving letters concerning manorial rights to the land beneath their homes.

“I immediately contacted the Land Registry and was reassured by them that this was merely a formalising of the rights which were already in place but had not been set down on record before now.

“However, I wanted to have something in writing confirming that so I was grateful to the Minister for his letter of clarification.

“I have now issued that to everyone who contacted me about the matter.”

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