Plants in ‘horrendously overgrown garden jungle’ leaves homeowner with £3,000 bill 

Plants in ‘horrendously overgrown garden jungle’ are chopped down by council workers in mammoth two-day clearing operation after neighbours complain – and homeowner is left with £3,000 bill

  • Eastbourn Borough Council had to use a chainsaw to access the garden
  • The homeowner’s neighbours complained about the eyesore in July 
  • He promised to get rid of undergrowth within three months
  • The council charged him £3,000 after he didn’t clear the huge shrubs

A homeowner who left his garden to grow into an out-out-control ‘jungle’ had his plants chopped down by the council who have slapped a near £3,000 charge on the property. 

Contractors from Eastbourn Borough Council had to use a chainsaw to wade through and hack back bushes to gain access to the garden in late October.

Neighbours complained to the Borough Council about the ‘horrendously overgrown’ eyesore in July, 2022.

The homeowner promised to get rid of undergrowth within three months but ended up doing nothing about the huge shrubs, the authority said.

Neighbours complained to the Borough Council about the 'horrendously overgrown' eyesore in July, 2022

Neighbours complained to the Borough Council about the ‘horrendously overgrown’ eyesore in July, 2022

A section 215 untidy land notice was served by the council
A court hearing was not needed to put the charge on the property as the notice issued by the council was ignored by the homeowner
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Contractors from Eastbourn Borough Council had to use a chainsaw to wade through and hack back bushes to gain access to the garden in late October and was slapped with a £3,000 charge to cover the costs of the contractors 

They then began a mammoth two-day clearing operation, during which a greenhouse was found to be covered in ivy.

The charge on the house was made to cover the costs of the clearance work and will be recovered when the property is sold.

A court hearing was not needed to put the charge on the property as the notice issued by the council was ignored by the homeowner, Eastbourn Borough Council said.

A section 215 untidy land notice was served by the council that gave the nightmare neighbour three months to tidy up their land.

The notice allows councils to demand land be cleaned up when it ‘damages the amenity’ of a neighbourhood.

Before issuing one town halls need to consider the site’s condition, the impact on the surrounding area and the scope of their powers.

Around 80 per cent of such notices issued nationally have been complied with since 1999.

A section 215 untidy land notice was served by the council that gave the nightmare neighbour three months to tidy up their land

A section 215 untidy land notice was served by the council that gave the nightmare neighbour three months to tidy up their land

The homeowner promised to get rid of undergrowth within three months but ended up doing nothing about the huge shrubs, the authority said

The homeowner promised to get rid of undergrowth within three months but ended up doing nothing about the huge shrubs, the authority said

The charge on the house was made to cover the costs of the clearance work and will be recovered when the property is sold

The charge on the house was made to cover the costs of the clearance work and will be recovered when the property is sold 

Councillor Colin Swansborough, cabinet member for place services at Eastbourne Borough Council, said after the garden was cleared: ‘Taking enforcement action is a last resort, but those who ignore the advice of our officers should be in no doubt that we will take direct action if needed.

‘Quite understandably some residents in Park Avenue wanted this horrendously overgrown garden jungle cut back.

‘I’m all for giving wildlife a home and allowing the grass to grow and hedgerows to flourish, but this was beyond any reasonable interpretation of that approach to gardening.’

The charge on the house was made to cover the costs of the clearance work and will be recovered when the property is sold.

A court hearing was not needed to put the charge on the property as the notice issued by the council was ignored by the homeowner, Eastbourn Borough Council said.

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