Abandoned garden becomes a tip
FURIOUS neighbours are up in arms after the back garden of an abandoned home in Ipswich has been turned into a fly-tippers' paradise.An old refrigerator, duvets, even someone else's garden have all been dumped after a fence panel to the back garden was pulled down.
FURIOUS neighbours are up in arms after the back garden of an abandoned home in Ipswich has been turned into a fly-tippers' paradise.
An old refrigerator, duvets, even someone else's garden have all been dumped after a fence panel to the back garden was pulled down.
In the garden the shed is now leaning at an alarming angle – and the house itself was damaged by fire at the end of last year.
The house in Neath Drive has been unoccupied for about two years and neighbours are furious because its state is damaging the value of their own homes.
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Carina Wright, who lives opposite the house, has been trying to move since last year.
"We had the house on the market for three months, but nobody tried to buy it," she said.
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"We had enough so we took it off the market and we have been trying again this year. But again it's been on the market about six weeks and no offers.
"People like our house but they take one look at that and don't want to know," she said.
Local councillor Keith Rawlingson has taken up the matter and is trying to get the garden cleared by council workers.
"But I really don't know what the council can do – we have to persuade people not to treat other gardens as a rubbish dump," he said.
Joe Howarth, the borough's private sector housing officer, said he and his colleagues were aware of problems with the house – and had tried to come to a solution.
Animal health officers had investigated reports of vermin in the back garden and environmental health officers were trying to prevent fly-tipping there.
"It is a complex situation, and we do hope to reach a long-term solution to the problem there," he said.
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