No action on empty bungalow in Daventry

The view from Mrs Flintoft's garden
The view from Mrs Flintoft's garden

A mystery house standing empty on a Daventry estate is causing problems for a neighbour, it has been claimed.

The home a 54 The Firs, a semi-detached bungalow, has stood empty for five years since its previous owner died.

Ivy has grown through the roof and into one of the rooms, the garage door stands open with a car still inside. The shed at the top of the garden has all but disappeared beneath the plants, and the concrete garden steps have long vanished under a carpet of weeds.

The overgrown garden and empty property are now causing serious problems for neighbour Evelyn Flintoft who owns the other half of the semi-detached building.

The massively overgrown back garden sees weeds and brambles invade her garden. The shrubs even pushed over part of the fence and damaged Mrs Flintoft’s sun house.

Mrs Flintoft said: “It’s awful. I used to like sitting out in the sun house, I’m disabled so I can’t always go out. It was nice to sit there, but now it has had to be taken down.”

The invading plants have now edged around a foot into Mrs Flintoft’s garden, preventing her putting up a new fence.

Mrs Flintoft said: “The bungalow’s been broken into at least twice – it could have been more.

“Someone has been out and boarded up the window and back door recently.

“It’s a worry because I’m elderly and disabled, there’s a gap in the fence now, and anybody who gets in there can get into my garden as well.

“There’s also rats. I liked to keep my back door open in the good weather but it turned out rats were coming into my house from the garden.

Maria Taylor, community manager at DDC, said: “We understand Mrs Flintoff’s concerns and have been offering her assistance to resolve the matter with the person we understand to be the owner of the vacant property. The property has recently been made secure at the council’s request and we have also requested action be taken to tidy its appearance.

“We do not feel the property is in a sufficiently poor state to warrant further action at this stage but we will continue to monitor the situation and take steps where necessary.”