It took three bin lorries to clear garden

Piled high - the rubbish-filled garden in Grand Sluice Lane/
Piled high - the rubbish-filled garden in Grand Sluice Lane/

It took eight dustmen and three bin lorries to clear a rubbish-filled private garden in Boston when the borough council took direct action to remove an eyesore.

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

Cleared - the garden after the council blitz.

Cleared - the garden after the council blitz.

The council says it carried out ‘default enforcement action’ at the property, owned by Peter Hall, after he failed to meet a deadline to put things right.

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

The council says Mr Hall did not comply and, despite extensive communication with him and extension of time scales, 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.

The council says 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, said the authority.

Boston Borough Council leader Coun Peter Bedford 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.”