Coun­cil or­ders Fin­ley ‘eye­sore’ clean-up

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Ber­ri­gan Shire will is­sue an or­der to the owner of a va­cant prop­erty in Pin­nuck St, Fin­ley to clear a mess which has been an on­go­ing is­sue.

Ber­ri­gan Shire has re­ceived nu­mer­ous com­plaints from sur­round­ing neigh­bours about over­grown plants and bushes, aban­doned ve­hi­cles and other gen­eral rub­bish on the prop­erty.

A side fence back­ing onto a street lane is also heav­ily tilted, and some parts of the fence de­stroyed.

De­vel­op­ment man­ager Lau­rie Stevens told Ber­ri­gan Shire Coun­cil’s Au­gust meet­ing that coun­cil staff had at­tempted to clean up the prop­erty ‘‘for years’’, but the prop­erty owner had not been co-op­er­a­tive.

Mayor Matt Han­nan said the prop­erty had been an eye­sore for too long.

‘‘A year ago I said this prob­lem had gone on for over nine years and now here we are at 10 years. We have a duty of care to other res­i­dents who should not have to live next to this,’’ he said.

A nearby neigh­bour of the prop­erty, who wishes to re­main anony­mous, said when it rains in sum­mer the smell com­ing from the prop­erty is ‘‘foul.’’

‘‘I com­plained to the coun­cil five years ago. Other neigh­bours and my­self have had prob­lems with ver­min, and the fact it’s a fire haz­ard,’’ the neigh­bour said.

‘‘We are con­cerned that chil­dren from nearby schools will en­ter the prop­erty and will in­jure them­selves.’’

Coun­cil­lors also raised con­cerns the is­sue could de­value sur­round­ing prop­er­ties.

‘‘It needs to be cleaned up as soon as pos­si­ble,’’ Cr Daryll Mor­ris said.

Matt Han­nan

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