George Clooney’s neighbors aren’t too happy with his decision to put up 18 CCTV cameras around his home in England. According to the Hollywood Reporter, George and Amal Clooney want to be sure that they are safe, and that they have proper security measures in place at their $15.57 million home in the English village of Sonning Eye.
However, neighbors feel as though their own privacy is being violated because many of these cameras are going to be facing outward.
“A more appropriate security system could be achieved by a greater number of inward-facing, low-level cameras,” said the complaint from Eye and Dunsden Parish Council.
Clooney’s neighbors are hoping that the South Oxfordshire district council rules against the power couple, and that the cameras aren’t allowed (or that their projected positioning is altered). According to the Mail Online, the addition of these security cameras are just another step in the huge home renovation that the couple has decided to do. They are supposedly going to be moving into their home later this year. It sounds as though these cameras are one of the final steps, but they have caused a major snag.
“Each camera would be housed in a protective vandal-resistant dome and could be tilted or panned to face in any direction – six of the poles would be 4m high, one would be 5m and one would be 6m. Eye and Dunsden Parish Council has objected to the plans and said the wide range of the cameras represents a ‘potential infringement of the privacy of neighboring properties’. It argues the poles would be a ‘visual intrusion’ into the village’s conservation area.”
Clooney neighbors definitely have a right to complain, and George and Amal will have to go with whatever boundaries are set up by the Council.
Interestingly enough, this is not the first time that George has had problems with his neighbors. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, George and Amal proposed plans of putting up a fairly significant fence (again, for privacy), and that concerned some residents.
“As long as it doesn’t end up looking like Fort Knox I think it will be fine. If it does it might cause some problems. We don’t really want a wall when we’re walking along the river, that would make it look like a prison,” said one neighbor at the time.
“We don’t want it to be a fortress, but if it will blend in and not ruin the view along the river that will be fine. It’s really nice along here, but with a big fence you’re not going to be able to see anything,” said another.
The couple also had plans for a swimming pool, a pool house, and a few other things that (you guessed it) got some neighbors fired up. Hopefully, once George and Amal get past this security camera thing, there won’t be any more issues before they move into their new abode.
Do you think Clooney’s neighbors have a right to complain about these home renovations? Should George and Amal be more considerate, or do you think they have a right to do what they need to do for privacy?
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