Owners act on request to spruce up their sections

19:12, Nov 13 2012

The owners of properties with unkempt and messy sections in Invercargill are responding to a city council push to tidy them up, a council boss says.

The council set aside $75,000 in this year's budget to enforce legislation and council bylaws relating to dilapidated buildings and overgrown and untidy sections.

The council's environmental and planning services director, Pamela Gare, said dozens of empty and unkempt sections in Invercargill were last month identified as needing cleanup work and the council sent letters to the owners giving them a fortnight to respond. If the cleanup work was not done within a further 28 days, the council told the owners they would do it and bill them.

Mrs Gare's report to yesterday's council committee meeting said most owners had committed to mowing and clearing unkempt sections, with 40 percent having approached the council's parks division for a quote.

The response had exceeded expectations and she put it down to the council having a budget this year to take action if the letters were ignored. Mrs Gare said $6100 of the $75,000 had also been used to demolish a house at 152 Tramway Rd, because it was considered dangerous.

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