Environmental health officers clearing overgrown garden are stunned to find a

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Surely it can’t be THAT hard to find a parking space? Environmental health officers clearing overgrown garden are stunned to find a CAR and a BOAT

  • Environmental health team is forced to get a warrant to clear overgrown garden
  • Neighbours of Somerset property had brambles spilling into their own gardens
  • The garden then became rat infested amid a mass of bramble cover and weeds
  • Council cleared the garden to find a car and a boat at the bottom of the brambles

A council’s environmental health team cleared a rat-infested overgrown garden and found a car and a boat beneath the mass of brambles.

Council officials had to get a warrant in court to clear the garden at a house in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset under the Public Health Act after complaints from neighbours.

They had brambles spilling into their own gardens and the council had spent months tracking down the absent owner but they were not found.

AFTER: The property is pictured above after the brambles had been cleared showing the boat and car. Neighbours had complained about the property's condition (seen before the clean below)

AFTER: The property is pictured above after the brambles had been cleared showing the boat and car. Neighbours had complained about the property’s condition (seen before the clean below)

The property was cleared of brambles by the council and bait was then put out for rats and vermin. 

BEFORE: Council officials had to get a warrant in court to clear the property in Somerset under the Public Health Act after complaints from neighbours nearby

BEFORE: Council officials had to get a warrant in court to clear the property in Somerset under the Public Health Act after complaints from neighbours nearby

A council spokesman said: ‘Staff from Sedgemoor District Council’s Environmental Protection Team had received complaints in Burnham-On-Sea about an unoccupied neighbouring property with an extremely overgrown garden.

‘The bramble cover was attracting rats and vermin, as well the overgrown vegetation growing into nearby properties.

‘After months of trying to the track down and contact the absent owner, the team applied to the courts for a warrant under the Public Health Act and alongside pest control staff, they examined the property.

‘The garden has been cleared by Sedgemoor’s Clean Surroundings Team and bait was put out for the rats.

‘Underneath the mass of brambles and weeds, the cleaning team found a car and a boat.’ 

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