Stripey house owner refuses council demand to redecorate, and says 'children love it'

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A homeowner who gave her multi-million pound house a bright candy-stripe paint job has said she will refuse a council order to redecorate the building.

Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring, 71, hit out at her neighbours for complaining to the council about the red and white stripes, after they branded it "garish" and "tacky" last month.

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She first painted her home following a planning dispute over the property and her application to demolish it was refused.

Residents in the quiet residential cul-de-sac in Kensington in west London, were angered by the striking redesign and complained to the council, which ordered the stripes' removal.

But Ms Lisle-Mainwaring has insisted she will not take any notice of the order, and that the new colour scheme is a bit of fun.

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She told the Evening Standard:

She also denied claims the stripes had been painted as an act of malice against her neighbours, instead saying she did it because she was entitled to.