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'It's just not right', says Haverhill man after contents of a neighbouring house were left piled up near his front door




A disabled man has criticised a housing association for leaving the contents of a neighbouring property outside the front of the house for three weeks, attracting flies and scavengers.

The contents of the house in Larks Close, Haverhill, including bags of rubbish, a mattress, broken up kitchen units, a washing machine and fridge freezer, with foodstuffs still inside, were taken out and left on the front lawn by Havebury Housing Partnership after the departure of the occupying tenant.

Last Thursday, Ed Dobson, who lives next door to the house, contacted Suffolk News to say the items had been left for three weeks and that just the day before a notice had been attached to say they would remain for 14 more days.

Some of the contents of the house in Larks Close left outside the front of the property. Picture by Ed Dobson
Some of the contents of the house in Larks Close left outside the front of the property. Picture by Ed Dobson

That same day, Mr Dobson contacted Havebury to complain again, informing them that he had also been in touch with Suffolk News.

The following morning the contents had been put back inside the empty house by Havebury.

Mr Dobson said: "They had thought it was fine (to leave the contents outside) but I can't see how that was fine.

More of the contents of the house in Larks Close left outside the front of the property, including the garden table and chairs that were stolen. Picture by Ed Dobson
More of the contents of the house in Larks Close left outside the front of the property, including the garden table and chairs that were stolen. Picture by Ed Dobson

"Every time you opened your front door you got a lot of flies come through the door. The fridge freezer was full of defrosting food."

Before the house contents were returned inside, said Mr Dobson, people were 'pulling up and going through the rubbish'.

Someone even made off with a garden table and six chairs he had put outside the front of his house in a shared area, next to where some of the items had been piled up.

A spokeswoman for Havebury said: "If a property of ours becomes vacant, for whatever reason, we serve a legal ‘tort notice’ if items remain in the property, to ensure the former tenant can collect their belongings within a reasonable timeframe.

"We understand that the items left outside this property may be an inconvenience for those who live near-by however, we also understand that the items will be necessary for our tenant to start out in their new home, and they were expected to have been collected.

"We have arranged for our team to move these items back into the property whilst some works are being carried out, to give the former tenant the opportunity to collect them within the notice period provided."

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