Team return for second day to clear untidy garden

Tuesday, 2 January, 2018

A clearance team spent a full day removing accumulated rubbish from a garden in Harwich.

The team, working for Tendring District Council (TDC), has returned to the home in St Helen’s Green today to complete the task.

The owner will be presented with a bill for £4,800 after he failed to tidy up the site himself having been given almost eight months to do so.

Fred Nicholls, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Corporate Enforcement, said that the job had taken longer than had been expected.

“So many items had accumulated over time and the team worked tirelessly to clear both the front and back gardens,” he said.

“It was a huge task and it is a shame that it had got to that point but we were determined to resolve this issue.

“The owner will be given the bill and if it is not paid then a charge will be put on the property for the future so that we get the money back eventually.”

A complaint about the state of the property was first received in May.

TDC officers made numerous attempts to persuade the owner to tackle the issue but without success before he was served a Section 215 Notice in August. It took effect the following month.

In October a further letter was taken to the man and it was discussed with him but there was no improvement and some of the items ended up dumped on Harwich Beach.

Cllr Nicholls added that the Council was left with no other option than to take action itself.

Last updated on: 02/01/2018 - 10:46