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Old 15-02-2013, 17:40
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Ken Mould aged 50 lives on a residential estate in Rugely, Staffordshire. Trouble is his house is completely hidden behind a wall of thick ivy.

Mr Mould has ignored council orders to remove the ivy from the front of the property, and has now been fined £1000 plus £300 costs, which he has 14 days to pay.

Is the council right, or are they being over zealous towards the owner of a private house ? Your thoughts.

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Old 15-02-2013, 17:42
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Up-market?
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Old 15-02-2013, 17:43
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I thought that
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Old 15-02-2013, 17:43
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The house looks a dump. If that is the outside, I dread to think what the inside is like.

I would also worry about his mental health.

The guy has issues.
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Old 15-02-2013, 17:43
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He's taken it kinda far. It looks like house shaped topiary!!
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Old 15-02-2013, 17:44
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If it was a council house, fair enough. But it's up to him if it's covered in ivy or painted bright pink.
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Old 15-02-2013, 17:45
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I was ready to defend Mr Mould, but then I saw the photo. I can understand the neighbours being pissed off, it does look awful.
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Old 15-02-2013, 17:45
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How odd - the OP has decided the house is no longer up-market.

I wonder what made him change his mind.
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Old 15-02-2013, 17:45
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That place must be flipping overrun by spiders.
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Old 15-02-2013, 17:46
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If it was a council house, fair enough. But it's up to him if it's covered in ivy or painted bright pink.
No it isn't. I would be making sure he cleaned all that ivy off, It damages the brick work and pulls down housing prices.
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Old 15-02-2013, 17:46
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If it was a council house, fair enough. But it's up to him if it's covered in ivy or painted bright pink.
Spot on. If some jobsworth from the council tells me to get rid of my ivy then they'd get told, in no uncertain terms, to go away and don't come back.
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Old 15-02-2013, 17:50
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No it isn't. I would be making sure he cleaned all that ivy off, It damages the brick work and pulls down housing prices.
Spare us the internet warrior routine. No you wouldn't be making sure of any such thing.
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Old 15-02-2013, 17:52
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No it isn't. I would be making sure he cleaned all that ivy off, It damages the brick work and pulls down housing prices.
It's his house and if the ivy isn't damaging any other houses then it's nobody else's business.
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Old 15-02-2013, 17:56
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could have been a Mr Ivy getting told to remove all the mould
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Old 15-02-2013, 17:59
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It's his house and if the ivy isn't damaging any other houses then it's nobody else's business.
I'm guessing from the council depertment giving the quotes that they are doing this under planning regulations which do make it other people's business.
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Old 15-02-2013, 18:02
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Spare us the internet warrior routine. No you wouldn't be making sure of any such thing.
I do actually. My last target was the house opposite with its tatty old sofas dumped in the front garden.

I get things done.
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Old 15-02-2013, 18:03
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I do actually. My last target was the house opposite with its tatty old sofas dumped in the front garden.

I get things done.
What an hero.
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Old 15-02-2013, 18:03
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Dear me they own the house I would tell them to go forth and multiply the stuck up lot

Residents yesterday spoke of their “nightmare” neighbour.

One, who did not want to be named, said: “That thing brings down the house prices for all our street. It’s an eyesore.

why do they talk to them and then spout behind their back

“I don’t know how they can live in there. Whenever I see someone emerge from that mess I do a double-take.

it is not a mess they are plants you sad person
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Old 15-02-2013, 18:03
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It's his house and if the ivy isn't damaging any other houses then it's nobody else's business.
How the neighbourhood looks is everyone's business. And if someone is suppressing the value of neighbouring properties it's definitely their business. I wouldn't want to live next door to an eyesore and I suspect most people in this thread wouldn't either, despite what they may post.
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Old 15-02-2013, 18:04
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Its like the house is pretending to just be shrubbery I kind of like it
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Old 15-02-2013, 18:07
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No it isn't. I would be making sure he cleaned all that ivy off, It damages the brick work and pulls down housing prices.
1. he's detached, his house, his brick work
2. it really doesn't
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Old 15-02-2013, 18:09
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Looks better than his neighbours. If you have a dull-looking house let stuff grow over it.
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Old 15-02-2013, 18:12
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If it was a council house, fair enough. But it's up to him if it's covered in ivy or painted bright pink.
Because you own your own house do not mean you can do with it what you like
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Old 15-02-2013, 18:12
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It's his house and if the ivy isn't damaging any other houses then it's nobody else's business.
It is if its a conservation area, listed building or if there are any restrictions or covenants in the deeds.
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Old 15-02-2013, 18:12
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1. he's detached, his house, his brick work
2. it really doesn't
Well i know when I go looking for a new house to buy, I inspect the neighbours.

I look in the bins to see what they eat and how much alcohol they drink.

I check on their reading material.

I sniff clothes for signs of drug use and smoking.

Gardens have to be neat and tidy. No barking animals. Peace and quiet.

Houses have to look like houses.
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