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Letter sends 'mixed messages'

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KEY members of Sark's establishment were staying tight-lipped yesterday over a letter that the owners of Brecqhou wrote to all islanders.

KEY members of Sark's establishment were staying tight-lipped yesterday over a letter that the owners of Brecqhou wrote to all islanders.

In it, Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay refuted a claim by La Seigneurie tenant David Synnott, in a letter written to the Guernsey Press, accusing them of being 'sworn enemies of the Sark government'.

They said they had no desire to be the island's only investors and had no wish to own more property there. It was regrettable that there was division on the island but only the Sark people could deal with the issues and there was nothing they could do to influence the process, they added.

Mr Synnott, General Purposes & Advisory Committee chairman Charles Maitland and Seneschal Reg Guille all declined to comment.

Seigneur Michael Beaumont was more forthcoming.

'It didn't really say anything believable and got fed straight into my waste paper bin,' he said.

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