Hollywood director Tim Burton faces a backlash from his neighbors after a 3-foot fence has been built near his £ 2.9m Cotswolds house – according to locals, he blocks their walks along the river bank.
The residents of Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire, are in arms after the “selfish and heartless” wooden fence appeared two weeks ago.
The villagers say the fence is "unauthorized" and have launched a campaign to have it removed, or "the heart of the village will be gone forever".
They also claim that it has blocked a path used by the public to gain access to weirs and ponds around the Thames and has threatened to tear it down if it is not taken away by officials.
The new fence is believed to be on land belonging to Mr. Burton's 18th-century eight-bedroom gentleman residence that he bought in 2006 when he first met Harry Potter Star Helena Bonham met Carter.
Hollywood director Tim Burton faces a backlash from his neighbors after a 3-foot fence (pictured) has been built near his £ 2.9m Cotswolds house – locals say they're blocking their riverside walks
In Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire, there appears to be a gate along the fence. It is unclear where the gate is going or where it is going
The new fence is believed to be on a plot of land belonging to Mr. Burton's 18th-century eight-bedroom gentleman residence (see picture).
It is not the first time that Mr. Burton has angered his neighbors with a fence on his land.
In 2018, he built a 7-foot, 130-foot wooden structure that, according to hikers, turns off the lights and narrows the public footpath next to the property.
The permit was obtained retrospectively and was issued despite the objection.
Resident Chris Dalton said he opened a planning dispute against the new fence because the house is a listed building and is located next to a path that is often used by the public.
The villagers say that the fence (pictured) is "unauthorized" and have launched a campaign to remove it, or "the heart of the village will be gone forever".
They also claim that it blocks a path used by the public to gain access to weirs and basins around the Thames and has threatened to tear it down if it is not taken away by officials
In a local Facebook group, he wrote: “I live in the village and I think we can do a few things to organize and fight the fence.
"I opened a planning dispute against the fence (…). This is based on the fact that it is a listed building and is located next to a footpath. You should have planned.
& # 39; If everyone would send an email (advice) to complete the complaint, they would be grateful.
"I think money will ultimately win planning disputes, but it's worth trying."
He said he also told the Oxford County Council that the walkway was allegedly blocked and added: “If we can show that these areas have been continuously accessible for over 20 years, we can map and protect them.
“The gates would have to be removed and safe access guaranteed forever.
Mr. Burton bought the property for the first time when he first met Harry Potter star Helena Bonham Carter (54)
& # 39; (…) I will need the help of the community for this to be successful. Please comment below if you are interested, I will set up a separate Facebook group for the matter.
"The pond area has been used for generations and if we don't do anything, the heart of the village will be gone forever."
Mr. Burton bought the property in 2006
Other locals have also filed their anger online.
Nicola Lewis wrote: “I am now in my fifties, but I grew up with everyone who has fun down there, and I brought my children there and now my grandchildren.
"It shouldn't be taken from the public – Helena and Tim have more than enough space, don't take ours."
Luke Stroud added: “My family has been in the village for four generations and everyone has used the weir pools.
"When it comes to that, I'll remove the fence myself."
Deb Himpson said: "I'm telling you one thing, if I were ever as rich as a billionaire I wouldn't take it.
“If that were my country, I would have made it back to the Isle of Sand.
“I'm sorry, but if you live in a village, it doesn't matter who you are. Village life is about community. Sometimes join in – Helena or Tim never once gave the village anything!
“It really makes me move away, I can't think of this village without it. Whatever the reason, I find it sad, wrong, selfish and heartless! & # 39;
A district council spokesman said the site had not yet been visited, but an investigation into the "allegation of unauthorized construction of a two-meter fence" had begun.
Sutton Courtenay's councilor, Richard Webber, said there was already an "ongoing negotiation" with the Hollywood director, which he described as "very delicate".
It is not the first time that Mr. Burton has angered his neighbors with a fence on his land. In 2018, he built a 7-foot, 130-foot wooden structure (pictured) that, according to hikers, turns off the lights and narrows the public footpath next to the property
Mr. Webber confirmed that the property was owned by Mr. Burton and added, “We are pushing on behalf of the local community to remove the fence, but the laws are difficult.
“These fences are in a little extra little clump of the island, far from the main garden that was used for public access, but the land actually belongs to the big house.
“It's all sensitive because the fence was actually built on the owner's private property so he has the right to do it, but the problem is that the footpath has been used as a right of way for many years.
“What the locals don't really realize is that if the fence were torn down, they would have no roaming rights, just the right to use it as a way to access the water's edge.
The permit for the much higher fence was obtained retrospectively and was issued despite the opposition
"We try to avoid many costs and to find a friendly solution because the person who lives in the house clearly wants friendly relationships with all the locals."
The house once belonged to Bonham Carter's great-grandfather Herbert Henry Asquith – the prime minister who led Great Britain to the First World War.
Asquith is believed to have maintained Winston Churchill on the property's lawn.
The couple separated in 2014, but it goes without saying that they remain friends and both spend time in the country with their children.
Mr Burton's representatives were asked to comment.
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