Overgrown plants cost homeowner £3,000

Overgrown plants cost homeowner £3,000

A homeowner whose yard became an unmanageable “jungle” was charged over £3,000 by the municipality for cutting down all of the plants in the garden.

Late in October, Eastbourn Borough Council contractors had to wade in and cut back shrubs with a chainsaw in order to get access to the garden.

In July 2022, nearby residents protested to the Borough Council about the “horrendously overgrown” sight.

The authorities said that despite the homeowner’s three-month agreement to remove overgrowth, nothing was done about the enormous bushes.

They immediately started a massive, two-day cleaning effort, during which an ivy-covered greenhouse was discovered.

The charge against the property was incurred to pay for the expenses of the clearing operation and will be recouped upon sale of the building.

The homeowner disregarded the council’s notice, therefore there was no need for a court hearing to impose the fee on the property, according to Eastbourn Borough Council.

The council issued a section 215 untidy land notice, giving the dreadful neighbor three months to clean up their property.

When land “damages the amenity” of a neighborhood, the notice gives councils the authority to demand that it be cleaned up.

Town halls must take into account the site’s condition, the effect on the neighborhood, and the extent of their authority before granting one.

After the area was cleaned up, Eastbourne Borough Council’s cabinet member for place services, Councillor Colin Swansborough, said: “Taking enforcement action is a last option, but people who disregard the advice of our staff should be in no doubt that we will take immediate action if required.”

It seems sense that some Park Avenue homeowners would desire to trim down this horrendously overgrown garden jungle.

“I’m all for providing a habitat for animals, letting the grass grow, and letting the hedgerows thrive, but this went beyond any logical understanding of that approach to gardening,” you may say.

The charge against the property was incurred to pay for the expenses of the clearing operation and will be recouped upon sale of the building.

The homeowner disregarded the council’s notice, therefore there was no need for a court hearing to impose the fee on the property, according to Eastbourn Borough Council.

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