Overgrown lots spark safety concerns ahead of hot summer

HAZARD: Blacktown Council has encouraged residents to be in touch about overgrown lots, including this one in Kennedy Parade, Lalor Park. Picture: Geoff Jones
HAZARD: Blacktown Council has encouraged residents to be in touch about overgrown lots, including this one in Kennedy Parade, Lalor Park. Picture: Geoff Jones

Abandoned lots are causing headaches for Blacktown Council and residents alike.

A perturbed resident contacted the Sun last week to complain about an overgrown block of land on Kennedy Parade, Lalor Park.

The house on the block was destroyed by a fire in September 2016, and since then has been unused.

Aside from being an eyesore, neighbours said the overgrown lot is a potential breeding ground for rats and mice, which could draw snakes to the area.

The patches of long grass also represent a potential fire hazard as western Sydney prepares for a hot summer.

One neighbour also said the unkempt lot was even becoming a dumping ground for excess green waste in the lead-up to summer.

They claimed the council had failed to respond to requests to clean up the lot.

Council representatives are not permitted to enter private property, and instead must rely on legal processes to compel the owner to act.

A council spokesman thanked the Sun for passing on the resident’s concern.

“We are in the process of inspecting the lot and taking action,” he said.

“The last complaint council received about the lot was in September and the owner cleaned it up in response to a council order.

“Council strongly encourages residents and ratepayers to lodge their complaints by email (council@blacktown.nsw.gov.au) or in writing so there is a definite track record.”

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