Those living right beside the property say they’ll be left facing thousands of pounds worth of damage to their homes. The homeowner moved out four years ago but it’s since become so overgrown that locals call it the “monster house”.
They said the property’s owner – who studied horticulture – had promised to deal with the green menace but has so far failed to do so, Liverpool Echo reports.
Now locals in Widnes, Cheshire, believe the state of the property will cause house prices in the area to plunge.
“This will only damage house prices in the area,” reads on Facebook post.
“I can’t imagine how this will affect property prices there now,” another post states.
Paul Miller, who lives next door to the house, compared the sight to something from an iconic sci-fi novel where the Earth was invaded by carnivorous giant plants.
The 52-year-old man said: “It’s like something from Day of the Triffids. You expect it to drag you into the garden and eat you or something.”
Paul, who is a funeral diector, said the empty house’s front garden is crammed with ivy, a tree, brambles and “all sorts” and people have also thrown bottles and rubbish into the undergrowth.
Dog walkers have left bags full of their pet’s excrement, and passers-by have stopped to pick blackberries.
He added: “You see people walking past and stopping to take pictures, people have said ‘you should run jungle tours’.”
Paul enlisted the services of a professional surveyor to compile a report on the damage. It found that the blockages in the gutters have caused water damage to his home which he estimates to be in the region of £4,000.
Wife Beverley, 53, has lived at the property of 22 years.
She said: “I just think it’s disgusting.”
Beverley said environmental health officers from the council have been to visit the property but no action has been taken.
She added: “The situation has become unbearable.”
“Halton Council are refusing to get involved in spite of their having legislative powers to do so.”
Others online offered their sympathy to neighbours in Widnes.
One person wrote: “The neighbours must be outraged.”
Another shared: “If you had pride in where you live, you wouldn’t let it get to that stage.”
In a response, the property’s owner Jeff Duggan, said: “The two ivy plants will be cut down next week, I’m sorry for any inconvenience caused.”
Halton Borough Council, which is operated by the Labour Party, has yet to respond to a request for comment.