I'm a celebrity get me out of hereThe X-Factor 2010Dancing On Ice 2011Big Brother 2011SCD 2012 ForumDancing with the Stars 2011

Big Brother 2013 Forum

The Blue Room Homepage
Forum Home Forum Home > Reality TV > Big Brother 11 - General Chat
  Active Topics Active Topics
  FAQ FAQ  Forum Search   Register Register  Login Login

Rock star,and the 'nasty' BB contestant

 Post Reply Post Reply
  Topic Search Topic Search  Topic Options Topic Options
Bren View Drop Down
Vintage Vamp
Vintage Vamp
Private Dancer

Joined: 19 Jan 2004
Location: United Kingdom
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 61091
  Quote Bren Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Rock star,and the 'nasty' BB contestant
    Posted: 28 Mar 2010 at 14:45



Big Brother's 'Nasty' Nick Bateman

Sunday March 28,2010

By Ian Read

AN IDYLLIC village is being shaken by a row between a retired rock star and one of Big Brother’s most ­notorious contestants.

This time, however, “Nasty” Nick Bateman, kicked out of Big Brother’s first series for his double-dealing with his housemates, is not seen as the villain. That role is being assigned to Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie, who wrote Don’t Stop, which became President ­Clinton’s campaign song.

Tensions rose after Ms McVie joined a consortium last year to buy fields next to the Little Stour river in the village of Wickhambreaux, near Canterbury in Kent. She has lived in the ­village for more than a decade and was worried that the fields near her home would be used for unsightly poly-tunnels. However, her consortium promptly fenced off the fields, denying the ­villagers access to the river.

The furious residents are calling for the fences to go. Particularly angry is “Nasty” Nick Bateman, whose family home is now owned by Ms McVie.

As a boy he played by the stream and feels the rock star has let down the villagers. “The consortium promised to keep the land as it was,” he says. “By putting the fences up the ­children are ­unable to enjoy the river.

“It was hoped the consortium would gift the land to the village so it could be enjoyed as it has been for hundreds of years. It didn’t ­happen.

“Other landowners bequeathed lands to the village and Christine McVie could have done the same.”

The author of How To Be A Right Bastard is also angry with fellow ­villager and consortium member Mark Perkins, an investment consultant. Mr Perkins and three friends outvoted Ms McVie to put up the fences.

Perkins acts like Mr Toad,” said Nick, referring to the arrogant and impulsive character from Wind In The Willows. “He used to live in the village a long time ago but returned to live here two years ago. He tells people he lives in the community but he isn’t part of it. People try to be civil with him but he just doesn’t listen.”

Residents are also angry because an old willow tree was cut down by the consortium.

Since 1964 Mrs Emmy Watts has lived close to the spot where the willow tree once stood. She said: “I’m heartbroken and horrified. The flood ditches are filled in and the children are unable to see the wildlife here. I’ve spoken to Mr ­Perkins about it but he doesn’t want to know.”

Ms McVie, now 66, left Fleetwood Mac in 1997 and now guards her ­privacy ferociously. Her palatial home is surrounded by high hedges and big fences and she rarely emerges except to walk her dogs. She hasn’t been photographed for a decade.

In an interview 10 years ago she said she enjoyed shopping in ­Canterbury without being mobbed.

A pair of water engineers wanting to check drainage on her land were told to go away because she didn’t want to see anybody.

Opposite her home the drainage ditch filled in by the consortium can be seen. Further down the lane a small stream burst its banks. Local ­councillor Brian Staley, who represents Wickhambreaux, Seaton and the nearby village of Ickham, said the drainage ditch was a vital run‑off for flood water .

“The willow tree was a popular landmark but according to Mr ­Perkins it was taken down for health and safety reasons. Legally he might be in the right but morally he is wrong,” he said.

“A lot more communities will be affected like this as the Church Commission sells off land to finance its activities.”

Mr Staley said villagers are mounting a concerted push to get the land village green status so no development can take place on it and the fences have to be removed.

Canterbury City Council has confirmed it is investigating the loss of the tree.

A spokesman said: “Mr ­Perkins will have to prove the tree was dangerous and he will have to replace it under the terms of the conservation area status.”

Zimbabwean businessman Mr Perkins claims the compensation culture is at the root of the decision to put up the fences, to avoid legal action from people who might injure themselves while on the land.

He said: “None of us set out to be landowners when this process began but since it started we have had to look at our obligations. The decision to put up one fence has been made by the consortium .

“I can understand where the emotion is coming from but I have to take advice on liability. In this compensation culture we live in we have to cover all eventualities.”

Relations between the rock star and the rest of the consortium are strained. Local people believe Ms McVie now wishes she had bought the whole parcel of land rather than joining the group.

Mr Perkins said: “The majority of owners decided the fence must go up. I do not talk to Christine McVie. She is totally independent.”

Back to Top
 Post Reply Post Reply

Forum Jump Forum Permissions View Drop Down

Click Here to Visit!
Sirlinksalot:bigbrother Reality TV Links:Bigbrother