Court orders ‘Eyesore’ Preston home to be cleaned up

SHABBY: The property at 51 Brackenbury Road, Preston
SHABBY: The property at 51 Brackenbury Road, Preston
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The owner of a scruffy house described as an “eyesore” by neighbours has been given until September to clean it up.

Patrick Kilbane appeared before Preston Magistrates’ Court accused of breaching an enforcement notice served in him five years ago, which ordered him to clean up the mess at the terraced property on Brackenbury Road, Plungington, Preston.

I’m going to do it all myself. For the last couple of years I’ve been helping people with their problems instead of sorting my own.

Patrick Kilbane

He entered no plea to the breach but told the magistrates’ bench he was “in the process” of doing the work.

He said: “I’m going to do it all myself. For the last couple of years I’ve been helping people with their problems instead of sorting my own.”

Preston City Council and court agreed to adjourn the case until September to see if work had progressed.

Kilbane, 60, of Acregate Lane, must cut down and clear overgrowth of grass, plants, bushes and trees, repair and replace wooden window frames and paint them, paint the front door and frame, repair guttering and apply masonry paint to the front of the house.

When the Evening Post visited the property there were tree branches strewn in the unkempt front garden, alongside a spare tyre and litter, and green paint peeling from the door and window frames.

Kilbane’s frustrated next door neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said she believed the mess had led to vermin in her home.

The mum-of-five added: “As well as my young children I have elderly parents living here and to have mice and pigeons in your home is not very nice.

“I believe the mess is a lot to do with it – the back is even worse.

“He erected fence posts three years ago but never finished the fence. The work is never done. Sometimes he will turn up at 2am with a torch, but nothing gets done.”