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Resident's concern over garage site eyesore in Creighton Avenue, St Albans
A St Albans man said he fears for the safety of his small children when they are playing in his back garden because of nearby neglected garages.
Adrian Minihan of Creighton Avenue said St Albans District Council has ignored numerous complaints about the run down garages near his house.
The father-of-three, who has lived at his home since 2007 described the area as "a dumping ground" and said the area is littered by rubbish and unwanted objects, which often falls into his back garden where his sons Daniel, 6, Jack, 4, and Finlay, 2, play.
Mr Minihan said the neglect has caused trouble makers to hang around the garages and throw rubbish, as well as kicking lampposts.
"The garages are kicked in and full of graffiti. It is an eyesore and a nightmare to look out of my bedroom window to see this sight every morning.
"It is a constant worry for me and my wife about the safety of my children when they are playing. Rubbish from the roof often falls in to my garden, sometimes even broken glass bottles.
"There is no sign up to tell people to stop dumping things. The problem occurs when one person dumps their old wardrobe, which then encourages another person to do the same thing", the 43-year-old said.
Mr Minihan said the complaints started when rain water from the garages dripped on to his drive and slowly started to destroy the frontage.
However a drain has now been installed to stop this problem occurring.
Mr Minihan said: "With the help of both councillors Julian Daly and Brian Ellis I now have a gutter to stop the rain water ruining my drive.
"However the garages are a mess. It is very frustrating because they are not being looked after.
"I have asked the council many times to have this tidied up but they just don’t want to know. I am being palmed off constantly."
Karen Dragovic, head of housing at St Albans City and District Council, said: "As soon as we become aware of fly-tipping occurring at council-owned garage sites we arrange for the rubbish to be cleared.
"In this case, we have inspected the garages at Creighton Avenue and arranged for waste to be removed."
To report any incidents of fly-tipping, call the police on 999 or contact the council on 01727 866100.
The council can also be contacted to report any damage to its garage sites. The council will then visit the site to assess the extent of the damage and any repairs that are needed.
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