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Sunday 17 December 2017

Westlife Kian in new bid to foil snoopers

View: Plea to make wall higher

Cian Egan of Westlife. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Cian Egan of Westlife. Photo: Brian McEvoy

WESTLIFE'S Kian Egan has launched another bid to block the view of people snooping outside his country mansion.

The Voice judge and his actress wife, Jodi Albert, have been ordered to take down a metre-high fence on top of the perimeter wall at their home in Strandhill, Co Sligo.

Now they've applied to Sligo County Council to build a higher wall instead.

Kian and Jodi say they are 'fed up' with people trying to see them and their baby son, Koa.

In one incident a man brought a stepladder to look into their home.

"They're not fans," said Kian. "It's just people being nosy."

They are applying to increase the height of the wall to the same level as the pillars beside the entrance gate.

They say the most they will be adding to the wall at its outer edges is another 70cm of stone.

A decision is expected in mid-October.

The couple had originally erected the fence for two years, in order to facilitate privacy until hedging and trees mature.

But in February the council refused to extend the period.

A planner pointed out that the house was in a rural setting between a designated scenic route and Knocknarea Mountain. It was a "sensitive rural landscape and visually vulnerable" area in the Sligo County Development plan.

The couple were told that the fence would be "seriously injurious to the visual amenities of the area".

Yesterday Strandhill locals backed the couple.

"Kian and Jodi are active members of the local community and they're left alone to get on with their lives, and they should be allowed a wee bit more privacy when they want it," said one neighbour.

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