George Clooney’s home security plans rile Oxfordshire neighbours

  • Installation of 18-digital camera CCTV machine at the actor’s £10m property would violate privateness and be a visible intrusion, says parish council
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    George Clooney and his spouse Amal Clooney offered the residence in Sonning Eye, Oxfordshire, last October. Photograph: Startraks Photo/Rex Shutterstock
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    Tuesday 21 July 2015 18.46 BST Last changed on Wednesday 22 July 2015 00.01 BST
    Hollywood superstar George Clooney has discovered himself embroiled in a spat together with his new neighbors, who claim the actor’s plans for an 18-digital camera CCTV system at his £10m domestic in Sonning Eye could be a violation of their privacy.

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Clooney is seeking to make plans permission to put up eight cameras on wooden poles in the grounds of Mill House and fix an also 10 to the Grade II-listed belongings, which he sold together with his spouse and human rights legal professional Amal Clooney in October. Six of the poles might be 4 meters high, another could be five meters excessive, and the eighth would be six meters, in keeping with local paper the Henley Standard. Each camera could be housed in a protecting vandal-resistant dome and can be tilted to stand in any route.

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Eye and Dunsden parish council said the huge variety of the cameras represented a capacity infringement of the privateness of neighboring properties and the poles would be a visual intrusion into the village’s conservation region. “An extra suitable protection system will be done by a greater variety of inward-facing, low-level cameras,” it said. But the selection falls to South Oxfordshire district council, whose conservation officer has encouraged approval of the planning permission as long as the cameras can without problems be eliminated from the constructing.

 

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Two months ago, the district council also accepted the Clooneys’ plans for a new swimming pool, pool residence, domestic cinema and annex, a replacement river house and new boundary fencing, regardless of competition from the parish council, who desired to fence set further back from the river. The couple had been asked to lessen the size of the river house, which they agreed to.

It is thought that the couple bought the 17th-century Mill House from London banker Omar Bayoumi after George Clooney fell for the area while filming scenes from The Monuments Men in the nearby Buckinghamshire village of Fingest closing June.

The nine-bed room property, formerly called Aberlash House, sits on a 4-acre island within the Thames. It changed into as soon as owned via the lords of the manor of Sonning and is simply an hour from Highclere Castle, the 5,000-acre estate used in hit TV display Downton Abbey.

 

Thursday 6 November 2014 09.28 GMT Last changed on Sunday 7 May 2017 20.Forty-seven BST
It’s smooth to understand why so many people are livid with Fergus and Judith Wilson. Britain’s biggest landlords have made widespread profits on the returned of the pressing housing needs of others, which on my own can be sufficient to elevate eyebrows. But also they have the addiction of saying controversial and inflammatory matters. First, they introduced that they might refuse to allow to housing advantage tenants. Now they confirm that prospective tenants on zero-hours contracts might be turned away too.

But shop your vitriol because they’re now not alone. As the Guardian suggested the ultimate week, many private landlords are taking the equal decision. Major lettings organizations are refusing to take earnings from zero-hours employment into consideration inside the referencing manner. A brief web seek reveals that, at the maximum famous landlord forums, the growth in 0-hours contracts is causing a large trouble for the (also speedy expanding) private rented region.

As one landlord places it: “The zero-hours employee may be the sufferer however this is no purpose to inflict the resultant misfortune on the landlord.”

Another, extra sympathetic, individual admits: “I don’t have spare pots of money to subsidize a tenant just because they couldn’t work sufficient hours. These 0-hours contracts are a shame and must be banned straight away.”

The problem isn’t those person landlords’ business selections (after all, they want to make earnings and feature a dependable income circulation if they may be to continue to provide a whole lot-wanted rented housing at all – particularly if they’re closely saddled with the purchase-to-allow mortgage offers of the past). It is that the authorities appear to put in writing housing policy in a vacuum.

First, we saw the foolhardy selection to cap advantage ranges, with the aim of lowering the excessive rents inside the personal region which have been riding housing benefit spending up. If it turned into tried at a time of housing surplus, this might have labored. But brought when wages had been flat however residence expenses still rose, there has been best going to be one outcome: landlords previously glad to house humans receiving blessings realized they now not needed to bother getting involved the paperwork of the welfare state. There turned into now greater than sufficient call for in the non-public, self-funded apartment market from those forced to put off the aspiration of domestic possession. Why wasn’t this expected?

Now we have an financial system this is encouraging using zero-hours contracts and self-employment to mask unemployment figures. It might seem like we’re all again at work and commercial enterprise is booming, however, forged your eyes sideways, and there are devastating consequences for the housing market. With 1.4 million people now on 0-hours contracts, that’s 1.4 million precariously housed unless they manage to gain an more and more scarce social housing tenancy.

As Charted Institute of Housing chief govt Grainia Long has pointed out, it appears that policymakers don’t understand how the housing market and the labor marketplace fit collectively. Let’s add into that confusion over how the labor marketplace, welfare gadget, housing marketplace and business and company policies all suit collectively.