MOUNDS of rubbish have been cleared from a homeowner's garden by a clearance team.

The team, working for Tendring Council, spent a full day clearing piles of rubbish in St Helen's Green, in Harwich.

The owner will be given a £4,800 bill after he failed to tidy the mess up himself after being given almost eight months to do so.

Fred Nicholls, Tendring Council's cabinet member for corporate enforcement, said the job had taken longer than had been expected.

“So many items had accumulated over time and the team worked tirelessly to clear both the front and back gardens,” he said.

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Before - The rubbish before it was cleared

“It was a huge task and it is a shame that it had got to that point but we were determined to resolve this issue.

“The owner will be given the bill and if it is not paid then a charge will be put on the property for the future so that we get the money back eventually.”

A complaint about the state of the property was first received in May.

Tendring Council officers made numerous attempts to persuade the owner to tackle the issue but without success before he was served a Section 215 Notice in August which took effect the following month.

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Mess - Piles of rubbish in the homeowner's garden 

In October a further letter was taken to the man and it was discussed with him but there was no improvement and some of the items ended up dumped on Harwich Beach.

Mr Nicholls added the council was left with no other option than to take action itself.