Yorkshire Post By Emily Heward
FOR nearly 30 years their stalls have been part of the lifeblood of a bustling Yorkshire market town.
But now a legal row has erupted that not only threatens to see six Skipton traders evicted but could leave some of them staring bankruptcy in the face.
Stallholders on the setts outside Rackhams face court tomorrow after the department store building’s owner demanded close to £135,000 from them.
Royal London Asset Management (RLAM), accuses them of trespassing on its land and is suing for damages totalling nearly £110,000 plus £25,000 in backdated unpaid rates.
The company claims to own the area from the shop frontage to the middle of the road under the legal principle ad medium filum viae – “to the middle of the way”.
But stallholders dispute this, claiming RLAM denied ownership of the setts following a compensation claim from a woman who fell on the cobbles around 2001.
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