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Woman Paints House in Stripes as Protest

Friday, February 5, 2016

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Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring has said she would be glad to repaint her house—as long as officials stop a nearby development the English property owner has called a “monstrosity.”

The 68-year-old woman, who actually makes her home in Switzerland, painted her Kensington property in red and white stripes in protest, according to the Evening Standard. Council members and a judge in the UK have ordered her to repaint it after neighbors complained it is an eyesore.

Lisle-Mainwaring lost a challenge to the order and said she would be appealing the decision. But she told the newspaper she would comply if council in Kensington and Chelsea stopped a project a few streets away to turn a car park and office space into flats.

“If the council does not build the monstrosity it has started building in Kensington Square, I will paint the house white or any color they want,” the woman told the paper Monday (Feb.1).

If the council does not agree, Lisle-Mainwaring said she will continue with her appeal to the crown court until, she said, “I get bored.

“I very much doubt the crown court is the last stage, but it depends—I might get bored, or I might paint it an entirely different color,” she said.

Accusations of Protests

Neighbors accused Lisle-Mainwaring of painting the house in stripes because they objected to plans of hers to dig a basement beneath her property. They said they feared the basement plan would cause them months of misery while work was ongoing.

The Evening Standard said that last summer Lisle-Mainwaring tried to have the court overturn the planning committee’s decision to deny her plans. She lost.

But the paper said the property owner denies that the basement decision had anything to do with painting her house to look like a candy cane.

Back to Court, Again

After council ordered her to repaint it to its original state, she challenged that issue in court, too. But in December, the court upheld council’s decision.

District Judge Susan Baines ruled that the color of the house “had an adverse effect of the amenity of the area,” the newspaper said.

Neighbors have said they are not amused, either.

“We are growing tired of this,” one man, who asked not to be named, told the paper.

“It doesn’t look like any other house around here,” the man continued. I don’t like it. It would suit young people living in Portobello Road. But not here. It’s just not in keeping with anything around here.”

A spokesman for Kensington and Chelsea council told the Evening Standard the Young Street redevelopment—to which Lisle-Mainwaring is objecting—was a two-site project which included affordable housing and was of “very significant public benefit.”

The spokesman also said the development and the striped house were not related in any way. But in speaking of the appeal, he added, “As the matter is still before the court the Council will not be making any further comment.”


Tagged categories: Architectural coatings; Commercial Buildings; Ethics; Government; Laws and litigation; Lawsuits; Paint; Residential; Urban Planning

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