They live on an exclusive country estate, and enjoy the use of a sumptuous multi-million pound spa.And can you blame them...?
So when it came to sharing it with the locals, residents of Lower Mill Estate were quick to draw the battle lines.
Homeowners in the millionaire's playground in the heart of the Cotswolds are incensed by a plan to open up ArtSpa, their £6.5 million private health club to paying outsiders.So, let's see. This chap builds an exclusive estate, charges an arm and a leg for privacy, etc, and then decides to turn around and change the character of the estate, basically sticking two fingers up to the people who paid through the nose for it?
The plan which would increase membership by up to 2,000 people is backed by the owner of the private estate who has run roughshod over the neighbours' objections branding them 'selfish Nimbys'.
If this was an episode of 'Midsommer Murders' he'd have already been found floating face down in his own spa pool...
One resident said: 'It is like trespassing in your garden. The whole point of a gated community is that people can live in them without being disturbed by other people and they pay a high price for that privacy.You pay for exclusivity, you get exclusivity. Surely they'd have a claim against the owner for misrepresentation?
'This would allow the local community entry, which is totally against the original concept of the estate.'
...the estate owner Jeremy Paxton has vowed to go ahead with his planning application to alter the gym's licence and blasted the residents for their 'not in my backyard' mentality.So, when did Paxton decide that 'building a private, exclusive gated estate' was synonymous with 'integration with the local community'?
'The residents' motivation is to not to share and my motivation is to make Lower Mill Estate integrate with the local community', he said.
When he saw he could get even more money if he increased the membership of the spa, perhaps?
Yet he has the nerve to call the residents selfish! Still, he has the Righteous patter down and obviously hopes that will sway the council...
Mr Paxton asked Cotswold District Council to alter the planning permission on the spa built in 2003 to allow up to 2,130 new memberships.I'd like to see the homeowners get together and sue the pants off this greedy moron for misdescribing the nature of the estate. I suspect in the US, lawyers would be salivating outside the gates already..
Initially it was only open to those who bought homes on the estate, currently making up 1,320 members who pay up to £2,000 a year in service charges for its upkeep.