Council row in quiet Cotswolds village of Eastleach after crime-fearing man turns home into fortress
29 November 2007, Daily Mail
Security mad Alexander Jones has turned his Cotswolds home into a fortress because he is living in fear of burglars – but his local council has ordered him to get rid of his “over the top” measures.Seven CCTV cameras, six floodlights, three bird boxes concealing loudspeakers, a satellite dish and an alarm box guard Mr Jones’ barn conversion home near Cirencester.
He has installed the amazing array of security devices after tiles worth £35,000 were ripped from the roof of his ancient covered walkway.
The theft drove him to hire a 24-hour security guard for his home Sheepbridge Barn in Eastleach Turville.
But when he spotted people with torches near the remote house he decided to go a step further.
However, Cotswolds District Council says the equipment spoils the listed former agricultural barn and want the measures reduced.
The authority says it has received individual complaints from all seven Eastleach parish councillors.
But Mr Jones says he has gone to huge lengths to disguise the surveillance system.
He said: “If planning permission isn’t granted for these small removable fittings then we will cease spending a small fortune on trying to sympathetically install them.
“We’ll be left with no alternative but to mount lights and cameras on poles around the house which will be unsightly, highly visible and totally out-of-keeping with the area and the property – but which will not require planning consent.”
The house has a coded entry keypad and retractable bollards behind a gate.
Cllr Carole Topple said: “It’s over the top.
“The system is completely spoiling this building and the lighting at night is vast.”
The council wants Mr Jones
to cut-back on the fixtures within three months.