A little girl of 10 has written to the Queen asking her to try to stop her friends and neighbours from being evicted from their homes. Lily Howard lives in a cottage owned by the Crown Estate.
The estate has decided to sell 45 properties near Taunton and Dunster and put the money in more profitable urban investments.
Now twenty-eight families who rent their homes from the Crown are considering legal action after being given notice to quit.
The Crown Estate - whose income goes to the Treasury - say they can buy their cottages and smallholdings near Taunton or move out. The tenants say they've been treated despicably by a landlord only interested in profit.
Lily's letter reads: "My next door neighbour keeps coming round and crying. I am getting very very scared about this and hate what is happening so much. I find this mean. I have lived in my home for all my life and don't want to move. I love where I live, please tell the Crown Estate to stop, please.
Yours sincerely, Lily Howard, aged ten."
A statement from the Crown Estate says -
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