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Ed Sheeran neighbours claim pond is a pool

By | Published on Tuesday 12 March 2019

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran’s neighbours are yet again complaining about how he is developing his Suffolk estate. Now some are arguing that a wildlife pond dug last year has been converted into a swimming pool. And while wildlife ponds are good, swimming pools are bad.

The musician’s original planning application in 2016 said that the kidney shaped pool would be used to “support nature conservation”, giving a home to dragonflies and water beetles, as well as drinking water to mammals wandering about the place. Permission was granted by the council, on the grounds that the pool not be used for swimming.

Since its construction though, the Daily Mail reports, nearby residents have noted that a jetty, steps into the water and a Romany caravan have all appeared in and around the pond, making it look more like a swimming pool with a diving board and changing room.

Neighbours have now raised concerns with the council, one writing: “I believe that the development of the site is more about creating an environment for a ‘wild lifestyle’ rather than the actual ‘wild life'”. I’m sure if they weren’t so very very angry, they would have spent the small amount of time necessary to make that joke really land.

Sheeran has argued that the steps provide emergency and maintenance access, while the jetty and caravan “form interest”. But his opposers nevertheless reckon he’s up to no good and potentially harming wildlife in the process.