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Medway council finally moves in to clear domestic junkyard from garden in Sundridge Drive, Princes Park

By Lynn Cox

A home has been used as a mini-scrapyard for years, according to a neighbour who says he has made repeated efforts to get it cleared up.

Retired teacher Don Cameron, of Sundridge Drive, Princes Park, has been battling with Medway Council for at least four years in a bid to get something done about the privately rented property several doors down from his home.

Mr Cameron said the place is like a junkyard.

Rubbish left by a former tenant of a house in Sundridge Drive, Chatham
Rubbish left by a former tenant of a house in Sundridge Drive, Chatham

He said: “It’s like it was being used as a business, for car repairs and the building of banger racing cars, even the scrapping of cars.

“It really does look like an industrial yard.

“I started complaining about it about four years ago.

“I made calls to the council, spoke to my ward councillors, but it just continued. Nothing was done about the state of the place, or the fact that it was being used as a business.

“I even brought the matter up at the full council meeting recently, because no one seemed to be doing anything about it.

“Why has the council not acted over the years?”

The tenant who lived there has been evicted and contractors are now renovating the property, but Mr Cameron is still concerned about the “mountain of rubbish there” and tyres piled on the roof of a shed.

The tyres were taken away last week, and a spokesman for the council said the authority was monitoring the situation at the house.

The spokesman added that council officers had spoken to contractors on the site about the correct disposal of trade waste.

“The contractors expect to be finished by the end of next week and all rubbish removed by the end of the following week,” he said.

“We will monitor the situation and take appropriate action should it be necessary. Mr Cameron said he would call us should there be any further problems.”

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