Legal action over Jam’s garden

Photo Neil Cross'Jam Imani Rad, 65, has spend �5,200 landscaping a communal garden area at his Gateway flats in Harrington Street, Preston, only to be told to rip it all out

Photo Neil Cross'Jam Imani Rad, 65, has spend �5,200 landscaping a communal garden area at his Gateway flats in Harrington Street, Preston, only to be told to rip it all out

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An order has been taken out to stop a housing association tenant doing more gardening work.

Pensioner Jam Imani Rad spent the £5,000 he had squirrelled away to pay for his funeral on hiring a contractor to create a suburban oasis outside his Community Gateway Associaion home in Harrington Road, Preston.

He said he wanted to set a good example for other pensioners and improve the city, but after failing to gain permission for the work on communal land and concerns over safety, he was told to remove some items by housing bosses.

Mr Rad refused the request, and on Wednesday appeared at Preston’s County Court after CGA launched legal action against him.

He agreed to sign an order promising he will not make any changes to the property or communal gardens in Harrington Street - including any alterations or additions to supplies of gas, electricity, heating or water -before a trial is heard over the issue next year.

Before agreeing to sign the order, Mr Rad challenged Deputy District Judge Grant’s warning not to prune any flowers in the garden.

Mr Rad said: “That is very unfair to the plants. Pruning is not going to change anything.”

Judge Grant reminded him any breaches of the agreement could result in fines, assets being seized or imprisonment for contempt of court.

He told Mr Rad: “Remember, they are watching you. Don’t give them any opportunity to say ‘I told you so’.”

Judge Grant also warned that a future trial could result in bring his tenancy to an end, if this was deemed proportionate by the court.

Mr Rad said he accepted the possibilty.

A CGA spokesman said they were unable to comment on the matter as there were active court proceedings underway.