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We'll clean it up, but you'll pay

Direct action has been taken by Boston Borough Council to clear a private garden of accumulated materials.

The garden at 16 Grand Sluice Lane contained an assortment of metals, plastics, bricks, rubble and timber, including old doors.

The council carried out default enforcement action at the property, owned by Mr Peter Hall.

He had been served with a notice requiring him to clear the front and rear garden in October, 2014.

Mr Hall did not comply and despite extensive communication with him and extension of timescales the garden remained a mess.

He was told the council intended to exercise its powers and carry out the works required in default and that he would be liable for the costs incurred for doing this.

Mr Hall had cleared some of the garden but action was still needed. It took eight council refuse operatives with three bin lorries about an hour to clear the garden.

Cllr Peter Bedford, Leader of Boston Borough Council, said: "Mr Hall had been given every opportunity to clear his garden himself, but chose to ignore the council and will now have to pay the price of us doing the work for him. We have to take into account the distress such negligence causes to other residents and this demonstrates we will use the legislative powers available to us to seek a solution when necessary.

"The council will not be afraid of taking this type of action in the future if problems like this are reported to us."

16 Grand Sluice Lane rear garden before Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
Before and after pictures of part of the rear garden at 16 Grand Sluice Lane.

16 Grand Sluice Lane before Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window  16 Grand Sluice Lane after Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window