A FAMILY have told of their hell after living next to a mountain of rubbish in their neighbour’s garden that “smells like a sewer”.
James Flanagan, 26, and his mum Linda, 58, have considered moving from their home in Hall Green, Birmingham, due to the stench.
The mum and son had begged Birmingham City Council to have a 30ft light-blocking hedge cut down next door.
But when workers removed it last month – and replaced it with a new one – a huge pile of rubbish was revealed, including a dumped fridge-freezer, dozens of bike tyres, plastic bags and shopping baskets.
James said: “We couldn’t believe it. As they took more of the hedge away, you could see it just looked like a skip yard.
“It’s unbearable the smell. I can’t describe it – it smells maybe similar to what a sewer would smell like.”
“We complained about the hedge and how it blocked light for us and was breaking our fences. We suspected some hoarded rubbish – but not this much.”
The mound of rubbish was uncovered on August 27 as the hedge came down.
James said: “Because of how long it’s been going on we have thought about moving away – but we’ve decided we’re not going to be pushed out so we’re staying.
“The 30ft hedge was frustrating being there, but the positive thing about it was it was blocking the smell.
“Now it’s not there, the smell is definitely the main issue.
Since the hedge was removed the family have been complaining for the rubbish itself – and source of the stench – to be removed.
They say a housing manager finally called to tell them the garden would be cleared by September 24.
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A spokesperson for Birmingham City Council said: “This is a complex case involving vulnerable individuals.
“Some furniture has been found in the garden and has been scheduled to be removed within ten days.
“We have since provided additional support to the tenant of the property so that their conditions of tenancy can be maintained and no further issues regarding the state of the property should arise.”