Action being taken over untidy garden in Harwich

Tuesday, 19 December, 2017

Action is being taken to clear an untidy garden of accumulated rubbish – and the bill of £4,800 will be given to the homeowner.

A complaint was received by Tendring District Council (TDC) in May over the condition of the site at 7 St Helens Green in Harwich.

Since then officers have made numerous attempts to persuade the owner to tackle the issue but without success.

The officers have met with him, written to him and in August served a Section 215 Notice which took effect the following month.

In October a further letter was taken to the man and it was discussed with him that TDC will be forced to take action if nothing was done.

Unfortunately there has been no significant improvement and some of the material which had been in the garden has now been dumped on Harwich Beach.

Fred Nicholls, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Corporate Enforcement, said that the Council was left with no other alternative than to step in and remove the rubbish and that will take place on Thursday (December 21).

“The sheer amount of rubbish that had accumulated at this property was causing a serious problem and is detrimental to the area,” he said.

“We have been left with no choice other than direct action and a team will spend a day clearing and disposing of the rubbish.”

Should the owner not pay the bill then a charge will be put on the property to be recovered by the Council at a later date.

Last updated on: 19/12/2017 - 10:18