Neighbours are worried that a “disgusting” house that underwent a £4,000 deep-clean is still posing health risks.
Preston Council’s environmental health officers were called to clean the semi-detached house in Parkside, Lea, in August, after reports of flies, bad smells and rats.
They were still carrying out cleaning and giving advice weeks later.
Now, locals are concerned that the state of the rear garden is putting others at risk.
One resident, who asked not to be named, said: “The rubbish down the side stands about six foot high, it’s disgusting.”
Another neighbour said: “The fence has been down for ages and all of the neighbours had to push it back into the garden, because it was blocking a public footpath that runs at the side.
“Because that’s now fallen down, there’s a worry that children and dogs can get into the dirty back garden.”
He added: “There’s been no flies recently, but I’m worried about what will happen when the weather starts improving.”
Yesterday, broken wood, plastic bags of waste, an up-ended bin, mud-soaked teddies and charred remains could be seen alongside the public footpath. The front of the house was reasonably tidy.
Preston Council confirmed that environmental health officers would be investigating the state of the area.
A spokesman said: “The council can only take action when a property is deemed to be statutory nuisance. In response to a complaint, an officer will visit the property to investigate whether this is the case.”
The occupants were unavailable for comment.