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Neighbors smoke after pile of wood, mattresses and construction waste rot for SEVEN MONTHS

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Neighbors have complained after a towering pile of wood, mattresses, pallets and construction debris rotted in a front yard for seven months.

Karen and Jason Brogan and their neighbor Janet Finn live on properties either side of the town hall on the Meadway in Garrett’s Green, Birmingham, and have claimed that “rats and feral cats” nested in the pile.

All three said they were left ‘depressed’ by the rotting garbage dump and too ’embarrassed’ to invite people into their homes.

They said they reported the waste mountain to the council numerous times and also contacted their local MP Jess Phillips.

Neighbors have complained after a towering pile of wood, mattresses, pallets and construction debris rotted in a front yard for seven months

Karen and Jason Brogan and their neighbor Janet Finn live in properties either side of the house on the Meadway in Garrett's Green, Birmingham, and have claimed that 'rats and feral cats' nested in the pile

Karen and Jason Brogan and their neighbor Janet Finn live in properties either side of the house on the Meadway in Garrett’s Green, Birmingham, and have claimed that ‘rats and feral cats’ nested in the pile

The waste was finally removed by the municipality on Wednesday, May 25, after the problem was made public.

Birmingham City Council said they are investigating the matter and have apologized for the distress caused.

Jason, who has lived on the street with his wife Karen for 21 years, said on May 24, before the trash was cleared: ‘It’s been going on since November last year. We have reported it several times.

“It started with a bit of mess with the bank and from there it just became the situation it is now.

“I walk my dog ​​every day. I happened to be walking by one morning and a rat came running up and I’ve seen feral cats nest there.

“Whatever cats do, I assume there will be kittens in the summer as there are feral ones and we’ve seen them before, but we’ll just have to wait and see.”

Speaking of the toll it has taken over the past seven months, Jason said (pictured): “It's embarrassing.  I don't want people to visit me'

Speaking of the toll it has taken over the past seven months, Jason said (pictured): “It’s embarrassing. I don’t want people to visit me’

Speaking of the toll it has taken over the past seven months, Jason said, “It’s embarrassing. I don’t want people coming to see me because they see it.

“I have a 16-year-old daughter and I’m afraid she’ll walk by in case a rat bites her or even the dog.

‘If a rat bites the dog, you have a problem. It’s really disturbing, but what can you do?’

Karen added: “We’re out during the day, and when you come home, there’s a lot of trash there. There’s a mattress, construction debris, brick wall, plaster and wood, fridge and carpet, and because it’s so open.’

Janet, Karen and Jason’s neighbor, has lived on the street for 33 years. She said, ‘I’m really depressed about it, really. I don’t like seeing it all like that, you know, it’s just an eyesore. It has to go.’

All three said they were left 'depressed' by the rotting garbage heap and were too 'embarrassed' to invite people to their home

All three said they were left ‘depressed’ by the rotting garbage heap and were too ’embarrassed’ to invite people to their home

The dump was cleared by Birmingham City Council on 25 May.  The front yard is now empty

The dump was cleared by Birmingham City Council on 25 May. The front yard is now empty

Janet added: ‘We’re sick of it now, we’re really sick of it. There are rats in the garden, I don’t know what’s under them, we’re fed up now.’

Speaking of her relief when the mound was cleared on May 25, Janet said, “I’m glad it’s all gone.”

A spokesman for Birmingham City Council said: ‘We are sorry for the harm caused to the family. We have spoken to the tenant about the issues and are working with them to clean up the yard.

“Once we’re done, we’ll continue to monitor the situation to make sure the yard remains clear.

“We will continue to investigate and work with the tenant to clarify things.”

When asked if they will charge the renter for the cleaning fee, they replied, “We are considering all our options and this will be part of our investigation.”

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