Hoarder in repair fight

Michael Jolly, pictured in 1997.
Michael Jolly, pictured in 1997.
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A DISABLED man is fighting a council’s bid to force him to repair his home.

Michael Jolly, 63, is appealing against Fylde Council ‘s decision to take legal proceedings against him amid claims his properties had become an eyesore.

Jolly owns two properties on St Andrew’s Road South, St Annes, including his home above empty shop premises.

In a statement to Blackpool Magistrates Mr Jolly – the nephew of a late High Court judge – said he lost the use of his legs and his voice after being attacked in 2002.

He is arguing Fylde Council should have made him a special case because of his disabilities.

The council also want him to make extensive repairs to the properties, tidy garden areas and remove rubbish and debris.

Giving his evidence in written form Jolly told magistrates he also had a personality disorder which meant he had difficulty parting with personal possessions and which also makes him a collector of items he feels may have some future use.

Jolly’s lawyer Nick Glassbrook said his client maintained he was being targeted by the council.

He said other property in the area, including some owned by the council, was in similar condition.

Mr Jolly maintained he felt intimidated by what the council had done to him and his property had been photographed intrusively.

Fylde Council started its enforcement action following a complaint by a member of the public.

In his appeal notice Jolly says prickly blackberry plants in his back garden were there to act as security and as a source of food because he is a vegan.

He claimed he also used nettles from his garden as food and that debris was in fact building materials.

Jolly claimed he had ordered items required to improve his property, but felt he should have been given more time to accomplish the tasks such as removing and repairing all the front woodwork.

He said: “It’s stressful for me to be singled out.

“The owners of similar properties remain in the state they are without the council persecuting their owners.”

(Proceeding)