Fencers working on supermodel Claudia Schiffer's Camp de Mar estate were ordered to down tools by the Andratx Council this week with another of the island's high profile residents and ambassadors coming under the local council spotlight. Schiffer owns some 500.000 square metres at the back of her newly built Camp de Mar villa and has been given planning permission to build two other houses on the land. But the problem centres around the 16th century Cap Andritxol tower which lies on the supermodel's estate. Workmen were fencing off the extension to her property when told to stop work because the local council wants the public access to the tower to remain open. It appears that the council will allow Schiffer to resume closing her land off, providing one or some of the public rights-of-way across her property remain open for walkers hiking to the popular tower. Schiffer, however, wants to apparently help restore the old tower, thus suggesting she will have little objection to allowing some form of public access to the site, and the Andratx council has been criticised by local political parties for having never made any efforts to protect and preserve the area in question, and for not being fully aware of the public rights of way in the municipality. The Majorca Unionist party councillors suggest that Schiffer's involvement in the issue could have been avoided by good council management. But the supermodel is not the only famous face to have been caught up in local council wranglings.

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