Residents are up in arms after being blighted by an area of overgrown land in West Bromwich which is so dense that it blocks out the light for some homes.
Shrubery on the land in St Clements Lane towers over the block of flats at the site. Some residents cannot see out of their windows for the greenery and they claim that the site is now so bad it is attracting vermin.
The land is owned by the developers of a set of maisonettes built opposite.
One resident, 88-year-old John Evans, who lives next to the site has written to the developer and the council calling for action to be taken and said the situation was ‘disgusting’.
He says he feels like a prisoner in his own home.
Councillor Mahboob Hussain, cabinet member for neighbourhood services at Sandwell Council, today promised that the authority would be looking at the situation.
He said: “We will contact the developer to tell them to clean it up.
“The local authority does have the power to order the developer to take action and if they don’t we will do it and charge them,” he said.
Tom Watson, MP for West Bromwich East, said he would also be looking into the matter.
“I am concerned that local residents lives are suffering from this and I will be picking this up as a matter of urgency,” he said.