Man fined £1,402 for having untidy and overgrown garden after neighbours complain

A homeowner has been slapped with a £1,402 bill after failing to clean his overgrown garden.

Richard Marklew, 55, was handed a notice by Wigan Council to carry out work on his home on January 14.

Neighbours had complained about the state of his property in comparison to others on the street in Shevington, Greater Manchester.

Marklew was given two months to cut the vegetation from his front and rear garden and remove the ivy from the brickwork and roof.

He was also told to replace or repair the guttering, as well as clean and paint the porch door and window frames.

After failing to reach the March deadline, Marklew appeared before borough magistrates earlier this week to plead guilty to not complying with the notice.

He was fined £700 in addition to court costs and a victim services surcharge, meaning the bill came to a total of £1,402.

It is not the first time that residents have been left frustrated over a neighbour’s garden growing out of control.

Earlier this year, locals were “forced” to build a new wall because a front garden became so overgrown with vines, trees and shrubs.

The property in Ramsgate, Kent went viral after photos showed how the drastically overgrown greenery had taken over the entire terraced home.

Branches and vines were tangled around a van and a boat dumped outside, and there was so much green that the house couldn’t be seen.

Even a postman refused to deliver letters, locals said.

Order was restored to the property in April, after neighbours convinced the unidentified homeowner to allow them to trim back the vegetation.

And in August, a worried local demanded action after their neighbour created a potential road safety hazard by not trimming an overgrown garden bush.

They urged the council to take up shears after the roadside greenery began obscuring a 30mph speed sign and part of the pavement.

Responding to the complaints at the time, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council insisted it was ultimately the legal responsibility of the homeowner concerned to keep the foliage in check as it was private property.

The authority also confirmed a notice had been handed to the resident concerned to trim it under threat of consequences.

A council spokesperson previously said: “Overhanging vegetation can cause safety issues and we’d like to remind homeowners that it is their responsibility to stop bushes, hedges and trees growing over roads and road signs.”

Meanwhile, earlier this month, a crumbling house buried under overgrown shrubbery sold for double its price estimate at an auction.

The semi-detached property in Wales – which was vacant at time of sale – was in a state of disrepair.

The plants had grown so high that the windows are not visible, while the back garden was inaccessible due to the wildly overgrown foliage.

It first hit the market at a hugely discounted price of £32,000, and sold for a whopping £63,500.