A major clean-up operation is underway
One of the vehicles uncovered in the garden
CWaC took enforcement action against the homeowner after complaints from neighbours
An excavator clearing the land
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FOURTEEN vehicles, 30 bicycles, 700 tyres and 30 bus seats have been cleared from the overgrown garden of a hoarder.
Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) took enforcement action against the homeowner after complaints from disgusted neighbours.
Contractors have now started clearing land around the empty house in Hoofield Lane, Huxley, and are expected to remain on site until the end of the week.
The haul included four Sherpa vans, two Morris Minors, a Ford Transit van, a Hillman Hunter, one caravan, one horsebox, three small trailers and a Ford Anglia.
Contractors also found engines, mechanical parts and electrical items among the tonnes of rubbish which were covered by undergrowth.
They also recovered jerry cans – some filled with fuel – along with propane and oxygen cylinders and welding equipment.
Council leader Mike Jones, whose Tattenhall ward covers Huxley, said all costs for the huge clearance project including the contractor’s bill would be sent to the home owner.
He said: “The council has been forced to take such action because the gardens were so untidy, overgrown and impacting in an unreasonable way on neighbours.
“Planning enforcement is always a last resort and clearing work began on Monday, September 3, and may take until the end of this week.”
Contractors have so far managed to clear half of the land and one vehicle was so rusted it disintegrated as a crane tried to remove it.
Asbestos has been safely removed and two conifers have also been removed as they were blocking light to the next door property.
Cllr Jones said: “The costs for the work at this semi-detached cottage will be passed on to the home owner who has not lived at the property for some considerable time.
“The overgrown trees have been carefully removed so they could be planted in another location and much has been removed for scrap and reclaimed wherever possible in a sustainable way.”