A tenant has been evicted from her home after repeatedly refused to clear up her eyesore garden.
It’s not, after all, as if she wasn’t given every opportunity to not be evicted…
Last year, she was warnedthat if she did not clear up the mess she would be evicted.But despite repeated attempts by Derby Homes staff between November last year and July to encourage Ms Rhule to clear her garden, she did not do any of the work.
They didn’t just send letters, either. Oh, no.
Derby Homes tried several waysto get Ms Rhule to carry out the work.Officials completed an acceptable behaviour contract setting out what she needed to do to her garden.
Staff also went out on numerous visits and sent warning letters telling Ms Rhule that she would be evicted if she did not comply with the court order.
But during the past seven months, staff at Derby Homes said the state of the garden had got steadily worse, with more rubbish being dumped and hedges and grass left overgrown.
So the neighbours must be relieved, right?
While some of those working and living nearby welcomed the eviction, others thought it was a step too far.
One man said: “It’s good they’re doing something about it but they need to evict half the people round here on that basis because a lot of the gardens are overgrown.”
My first response to that is probably not one he wants to hear!
Another resident living nearby said: “I think it’s a bit much.”There was a mess but it usually was cleared.
“I’ve had letters about my hedge needing cutting and all sorts in the past but I have young kids and other things that are a priority but I do it when I get round to it.
“They should have helped her rather than just evict her…”
How exactly should they have ‘helped her’?
Should they have cleared up the mess for her, time after time?
What sort of place is this estate, where ‘personal responsibility’ is apparently a dirty word? I suspect it’s just the sort of estate some in the political world have been building to for years and years….