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Queen Asked To Stop 'Heartless' Crown Estate Evictions By Desperate Residents

26/04/2014 11:09 BST | Updated 26/04/2014 12:59 BST
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People living in properties owned by the Crown are desperately campaigning against being evicted from their homes.

The Crown Estate is proposing the sale of about 200 of its 750 rural homes in the UK.

Profits from the Crown Estate are paid to the Treasury, which then gives 15% to the Queen.

A 12-year-old girl in Lincolnshire has written to the Queen asking for help out of desperation, the BBC reported.

Jasmine Wright, 12, wrote to the Queen, saying: "As you have lived at Buckingham Palace for so long I thought you might understand how we feel."

Her father, Jason, has set up a petition against the evictions, telling the BBC: "If I were renting from a normal landlord I would appreciate he's in it for the money.

"But we are talking about the Crown Estate that has always been the guardian of residential properties and always provided affordable housing."

"There's absolutely no compassion for the people. They are not bothered. We are just numbers."

In his petition he asks: "Money or people - who comes first?"

Andy Dunlop, vice chairman of Swaton Parish Council, said: "They turned up here in their £50,000 German off roader to tell us that the government needed money and they had been told to make savings.

"They are heartless and they haven't thought it through."

Other residents across the country have revealed their fears.

In Taunton, the moved was condemned as "stripping out a complete layer of affordable housing," by Borough Council leader John Williams.

Peter Franklin, a tenant in Thurloxton, said the Crown was "playing fast and loose with people's lives".