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Deep-clean at dirty house cost council nearly £4,000

Photo Ian Robinson
54 Parkside, Lea, which has been fumigated and cleaned for 3 days by Preston Council

Photo Ian Robinson 54 Parkside, Lea, which has been fumigated and cleaned for 3 days by Preston Council

The full cost of cleaning a “disgusting” house has finally been revealed.

A team made up of staff from Preston Council’s cleansing and environmental health departments descended on the semi-detached house in Parkside, Lea, on August 1, after fed-up neighbours made an official complaint about smells and fly infestations.

Four men worked for two full days at the address, but some cleaning and advice giving continued for a month afterwards.

Now Preston Council has announced that the cost of the operation was £3,729.22, but declined to say whether the sum had been repaid by the elderly woman owner and her middle-aged son.

A Council spokesman said: “This amount covers officers time, equipment and the disposal of waste.

“We are not allowed to say whether the money has been paid, but the home owners have been sent a demand for expenses with an invoice.

“This is general policy, and not specific to this case.

“Typically an arrangement can be made for repayment, or a charge can be made against the house, to be repaid when the property is sold.”

The clean-up team had to break the front door down to gain access, due to the amount of clutter in the hallway and workmen wearing full overalls and face masks were seen retching as they left the house with their shoes caked in dirt.

A wood-panelled hallway could be seen covered in brown stains, with wallpaper hanging off.

Dirty and decayed furniture was moved into the front garden, and waste was removed in tens of wheelie bin trips.

At its worst, neighbours said they were swatting 30 to 40 flies a day, were plagued by bad smells and had seen rats.

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