The owner of a house which neighbours claim has been left to go to rack and ruin has given her side of the story.
The city council launched an investigation after complaints from neighbours about the house on Russell Drive, which they claimed to be in a state of disrepair, affecting house values, and attracting rats and foxes due to rubbish being left to fester.
After a story in last week’s Vistor, the homeowner, who does not wish to be named, defended herself, saying: “The house is on a street at the front but in the countryside at the back, just like the rest of the houses. Currently, that countryside is being excavated, many mature trees are being felled, habitats destroyed, wildlife killed and displaced.
“That is the real, true price of the Northern Link.
“Falling house values are due to the link road, not the proximity to the countryside.
“Over the years I have seen pygmy shrews, voles, woodmice, one tiny lizard and occasionally a squirrel.
“I can understand how someone who is terrified of all creatures including domestic pets would blame their presence on a wild garden and fear what may be lurking in the undergrowth. However, all these gardens will be visited by wildlife.
“There will always be some rats around there but rats like to take refuge under decking and piles of wood and it would be very unusual for the rats to be seen ‘in the street’ in broad daylight. Sadly, I stopped feeding the birds and never put ‘whole loaves of bread’ out.
“There is no more noticeable stink around here unless the farmer is muck spreading.
“I told people I had seen a squirrel and foxes up and down the street in the early hours, thinking it was a matter of interest rather than a cause for panic.
“Some property maintenance will be taking place but for now I take full responsibility for the house and garden.
“T here are extenuating circumstances including lack of time, money and sometimes mobility but the greatest of these is time. Three years ago I took on a full-time, unpaid commitment which takes me away every day, finally returning after midnight.
“Sadly I am no longer the superwoman I once was but I am very independent and want to do things myself.”