Neighbours seethe as garden becomes jungle after front gate was stolen

David Herrington, 65, never had his gate replaced by Enfield Homes and seen his garden become a jungle

David Herrington, 65, never had his gate replaced by Enfield Homes and seen his garden become a jungle

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An overgrown garden has become a dumping ground after Enfield homes failed to replace a man's front gate.

David Herrington, 65, of Dunholme Road, watched as his garden became a target for fly-tippers after his front gate was stolen two years ago.

Mr Herrington, whose house is owned by Enfield Homes, told the Enfield Independent the theft of the gate was the start of his problems.

He let his hedge grow for protection but was unable to maintain his garden when he had to spend time in hospital.

Mr Herrington said: "I reported it but nothing has been done. I came back from being out once and someone had dumped rubbish all in the garden.

"Then my trailer was stolen, all my tools were stolen because I have no gate. I was a sitting duck.

"But it is out of control. Enfield Homes were supposed to do something and admitted they should’ve got me a gate."

The dense undergrowth has left Mr Herrington's neighbours outraged after the 'jungle' grew onto their property.

Michael Achillea, who lives next door, said he is regularly bitten by insects and claims that Enfield Homes said that it would be cleared by the end of July.

He said: "I have had to take my child to hospital because of mosquito bites and I phoned ground control who said they would take this away by the end of July but nothing so far.

"This goes back so far back and is starting to grow into my house, it’s out of control completely and Enfield Homes should have done something. I have had fences changed because of this.

"I have had enough; we have less sunlight now because of this forest that has grown next door. There are huge rats that live in there. Who knows what could be living under there?"

An Enfield Homes spokesman said: "We are aware of this case and will be sending a work team tomorrow to this property to deal with the fly tipping that has built up in the garden.

"Our specialist ground maintenance contractor will then undertake further work to cut back the overgrown vegetation. We would like to apologise to the tenant for the delay in dealing with this case and are treating it as a matter of urgency."

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8:55am Wed 27 Aug 14

papadeltasierra says...

Interesting. Where I grew up in a council house in the midlands, tenants were responsible for gates, gardens and the like. Is that not the case in Enfield? Where would one find the tenancy details for Enfield Homes?
Interesting. Where I grew up in a council house in the midlands, tenants were responsible for gates, gardens and the like. Is that not the case in Enfield? Where would one find the tenancy details for Enfield Homes? papadeltasierra
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1:41pm Wed 27 Aug 14

EN1girl says...

So is he incapable of cutting back the overgrown garden himself? I do not believe that the Council are responsible for keeping gardens tidy and the fact that his gate was stolen has no bearing on the matter, any more than its removal led to the theft of his trailer. Was the gate some sort of high security affair? Surely anyone could have opened it to steal his trailer if they wanted to. If the "jungle" has started to grow into his house, why on earth doesn't he cut back the vegetation himself? He is responsible for the upkeep of the garden, not the Council.
So is he incapable of cutting back the overgrown garden himself? I do not believe that the Council are responsible for keeping gardens tidy and the fact that his gate was stolen has no bearing on the matter, any more than its removal led to the theft of his trailer. Was the gate some sort of high security affair? Surely anyone could have opened it to steal his trailer if they wanted to. If the "jungle" has started to grow into his house, why on earth doesn't he cut back the vegetation himself? He is responsible for the upkeep of the garden, not the Council. EN1girl
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