SLDC to get tough over Kendal house with broken windows, peeling paintwork and overgrown gardens

The Westmorland Gazette: SLDC to get tough over Kendal house with broken windows, peeling paintwork and overgrown gardens SLDC to get tough over Kendal house with broken windows, peeling paintwork and overgrown gardens

AN eyesore property in one of Kendal's most attractive and historic areas has come to the attention of South Lakeland District Council.

Action is going to be taken on the 'neglected' semi-detached house on Kendal Green after complaints from neighbours and nearby residents, say council documents.

The Edwardian building, opposite the site of where a Shakespeare Oak was planted over 300 years ago to commemorate the Bard's birthday, is said to have broken windows, peeling paintwork, severely overgrown gardens and missing gutters, among other problems.

Next week, councillors on SLDC's planning committee will be asked to give officers the nod to take tougher enforcement action.

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Papers to go before councillors say the three-storey house is in a 'poor state of repair' and that visits and letters to the owner to get the matter sorted have so far failed.

The owner is said to have been informed in February that she had 21 days to start the works.

Officers are now seeking permission to serve a 'section 215 notice' on the owner to complete 14 different repairs and improvements.

Section 215 notices allow the council to prosecute if ignored.

The officer's report says the property is 'not typical or acceptable' of a property in the Kendal Conservation Area and that 'its continued neglect causes harm to the amenity of the area'.

SLDC's planning department currently has around 258 enforcement cases on its books with 31 coming to light in March alone.

The committee meeting takes place on Thursday, May 15, in Kendal Town Hall.

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10:52am Mon 12 May 14

emmielou says...

I wonder if SLDC are going to pay for the repairs, have they checked to see if the person that owns the property can actually afford or even manage the repairs them selves, they may have ill health. SLDC should maybe think about sorting out other things that actually have an impact on the whole area not just one street where some residents have got a bee in their bonnet, may be they ( teh residents doing the complaining) should ask the person that owns it if they would like a hand in sorting the property out rather than complaining to SLDC. Do the neighbours know the person who owns it and their background, in this day and age probably not, they probably just see £signs if wanting to sell their own property and cant as a house on the street looks a bit worse for wear. Community spirit has been lost and obviously so has common sense.
I wonder if SLDC are going to pay for the repairs, have they checked to see if the person that owns the property can actually afford or even manage the repairs them selves, they may have ill health. SLDC should maybe think about sorting out other things that actually have an impact on the whole area not just one street where some residents have got a bee in their bonnet, may be they ( teh residents doing the complaining) should ask the person that owns it if they would like a hand in sorting the property out rather than complaining to SLDC. Do the neighbours know the person who owns it and their background, in this day and age probably not, they probably just see £signs if wanting to sell their own property and cant as a house on the street looks a bit worse for wear. Community spirit has been lost and obviously so has common sense. emmielou
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