Oprah Winfrey's neighbours in California have become so fed up with the constant construction work on her estate, they're making moves to put a stop to it.

Members of the neighbourhood association in upscale Montecito are reportedly set to ask Santa Barbara County zoning officials to deny the star building permits for a privacy wall, plus living quarters for 13 servants, and to force Winfrey to eliminate one of the property's two guarded entrances.

A member of the MONTECITO ASSOCIATION rants, "Enough is enough. It's been one construction after another for months. There are so many trucks that children can't even ride their bikes."

According to American tabloid the STAR, one of the association's gripes with the talk show superstar is that she wants to erect a solid, 10-foot (three-metre) wall on the street side of the 43-acre ocean-view estate which she bought for a staggering $50 million (GBP31.2 million) in 2001.

The source notes, "Everybody here uses hedges and bushes for privacy. Why can't she do that?"

Locals also complain that an imposing guard at one of the two entrances does little to preserve the area's character.

The source adds, "We need to protect the semi-rural character of Montecito, and by God we'll do it, Oprah or no Oprah."

21/08/2003 09:32