More than two months since a deep-clean started at a “disgusting” house, the council-led operation has finally come to an end.
Neighbours fed up with smells and fly-infestations made an official complaint to Preston Council about the semi-detached house in Parkside, Lea, pictured right, and environmental health teams moved in on the property on August 1.
Four men worked for two full days at the address, but cleaning procedure and council support for the residents rumbled on for weeks.
An invoice is currently being worked out by council accountants and will be given to the houses’ elderly female owner and her middle-aged son. If the money cannot be found, a charge will be put on the house when it is sold.
A council spokesman said: “An invoice will be sent to the owner of the property in relation to the work carried out by our team. Payment arrangements between the council and the owner will remain confidential.”
Preston Council has not given an indication of how much the final total is expected to come to, but neighbour Michael Eakin said he’d been told that the clean-up cost £200 an hour.
Before the clean-up neighbours complained they had to kill 30-40 flies each day and were worried about hygiene.