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New law proposed to protect Tynwald Hill

Tynwald Hill
Tynwald Hill may get "special recognition"

Tynwald Hill could be given special recognition and protection, if proposals from the Manx government are given the go-ahead.

The Tynwald Hill Bill would give the hill and surrounding area "formal historical and cultural importance", the government said.

The bill would also make it a criminal offence for anybody to damage or destroy Tynwald Hill.

Anyone found guilty could be jailed for up to 12 months or fined.

'Separate identity'

Chief Minister Tony Brown said: "Tynwald Hill has stood throughout the ages as a symbol of the separate identity of the Manx nation.

"It is a very important place for the people of the Isle of Man and as such deserves special recognition and protection.

"By progressing this legislation the Council of Ministers hopes to ensure the preservation of this iconic site for future generations."

An open air meeting of Tynwald is held at the site on 5 July each year.

Residents are being asked to give their views on the plans. The consultation document is available on the government's website or from the Chief Minister's office.

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