A MAN has hit out at a near ‘two-year’ wait for rubbish to be removed from the back yard of a house.

William Traill has complained about the mess in the garden of the home next door to where his daughter Victoria lives since early last year.

Mr Traill, 56, said the rubbish has become so unbearable that his daughter now wants to move from her home in Abraham Street, Blackburn.

Calling on council chiefs to sort out the problem, he said: “The rubbish is getting worse.

“I first complained about this early last year so it’s been nearly two years and there are piles of black bin bags building up.

“The house next door to my daughter’s house has been empty and rubbish is just being dumped there.

“The council really do need to come down and sort this out as it’s an absolute joke.

“My daughter wants to move out now as she’s had enough and doesn’t want her children living near to what has become a health hazard.”

Mr Traill said he had been complaining to Entwistle Green about the problem.

However the estate agents told the Lancashire Telegraph earlier this year that they had terminated the marketing and management of the property.

This was due to the house not meeting its exacting standards.

While Blackburn with Darwen Council said its empty properties team had been in contact with the owners, who are unknown, regarding the property.

But Mr Traill said nothing has been done since and that he fears for the health of his grandchildren, James, Ivory, and recently born Bailey.

He said: “The smell from the rubbish is absolutely horrendous.

“There are flies, large rats and maggots and it’s a health hazard for my grandchildren.

“I’ve been trying to get the council to do something and find out who the owners are but we’re still waiting for an answer.”

A council spokesman said its empty properties team is still attempting to engage with the landlord to ensure that the property is brought back into use in a timely manner.

The spokesman added: If these attempts do not prove successful, the council will consider using enforcement powers to bring about the property’s re-occupation.”