A FAMILY recounted their hell after living next to a mountain of rubbish in their neighbor’s garden which “smells like a sewer”.
James Flanagan, 26, and his mother Linda, 58, have considered leaving their home in Hall Green, Birmingham, due to the stench.
The mother and son had pleaded with Birmingham City Council to have a 30-foot light-blocking hedge cut next to it.
But when workers removed it last month – and replaced it with a new one – a huge pile of trash was revealed, including a discarded fridge-freezer, dozens of bicycle tires, plastic bags and shopping baskets.
James said: “We couldn’t believe it. As they removed more of the hedge you could see it looked like a dumpster yard.
“The smell is unbearable. I can’t describe it – maybe it smells like the smell of a sewer. ”
“We complained about the hedge and how it blocked the light for us and broke our fences. We suspected there was stored trash – but not as much. ”
The trash mound was discovered on August 27 as the hedge collapsed.
James said: “How long has this been going on we’ve been thinking about moving – but we’ve decided we’re not going to be kicked out so we’re staying.
“The 30 foot hedge was frustrating to be there, but what was good was that it blocked the smell.
“Now it’s not there anymore, the smell is definitely the main problem.
Since the hedge was removed, the family have complained that the trash itself – and the source of the stench – is being removed.
They say a housing manager finally called to tell them the garden would be cleared on September 24.
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A spokesperson for Birmingham City Council said: “This is a complex case involving vulnerable people.
“Some furniture was found in the garden and should be removed within ten days.
“We have since provided additional support to the tenant of the property so that their rental conditions can be maintained and no further issues regarding the condition of the property arise.