I had a good friend who lived in Kimberley
a when I was in financial services over 20 years ago. I seem to remember they
had an annual pram race which was a big event. I threatened to go over one
weekend for several years but it never happened. I should look him up.
This is the second time this kind of
thing has cropped up on this site in the last fortnight was over different
issues in completely different areas.
The newspaper is reporting actual
events, and you couldn't do nothing to stop them reporting the actual events
and can do nothing to stop them printing what people have said.
In this area a coal search is mandatory
when buying a property and British Coal have 99% accurate records of where the
mine shafts and the workings are.
In the property eventually subsides due
to past coal workings British Coal will pay compensation.
In order for you to claim compensation
in respect of the article you would have to prove that you have suffered loss.
You would need proof from a valuer
would give a value before the article was printed and proof from a valuer after
the article was printed.
You would need evidence that the
article had devalued your property.
In that respect, it may be worth while
speaking to a couple of local agents to get their slant on it.
Without that evidence, you are dead in
Assuming that you get that evidence, you
are then faced with sueing the newspaper for defamation or blight. It would not
be easy litigation and it is unlikely that you would find the solicitor to deal
with it No win no fee.
If you went to court and lost you could
be looking at a legal bill of between 10,000 and £20,000, although if you won,
you would get that back.
It depends whether you want to spend
and risk the money on the litigation and whether, in the eyes of an experienced
valuer, the article makes any difference to the value of your property.
I appreciate that this isnt what you want to hear but there is no point in me misleading you.
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