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Finally this abandoned plot is cleaned up and back to ground level.

Finally this abandoned plot is cleaned up and back to ground level.

It took the combined efforts of the neighbouring property owners to finally clean up the abandoned plot in between them:

Over the years this abandoned property caused a lot of trouble for the neighbouring houses, as the risen ground level meant damp in the building walls. Plus, any site that is not maintained invites dumping.

The abandoned plot's earth is up to 1,5m above ground level. The resulting dampness in the neighbouring property walls is causing damage. The rubbish is unsightly, too.

The abandoned plot’s earth is up to 1,5m above ground level. The resulting dampness in the neighbouring property walls is causing damage. The rubbish is unsightly, too.

Our neighbour put in some effort to clean up the excess earth and build a french drain.

The neighbour is tackling the abandoned property. This is not easily done and requires proper construction work.

The neighbour is tackling the abandoned property. This is not easy and requires proper construction work.

Nevertheless a lot of work needs to be done: The abandoned plot is still not down to ground level. The ground turns out to be so hard, it requires pickaxe and jackhammer. But it needs to be cleaned up, as it will always cause damp in the walls it touches.

A half finished job: There's still a layer of concrete-hard clay earth that needs to be removed. The dogs at the back show that the earth behind the vibracrete wall is still about 1,5m above ground level.

There’s still a layer of hard clay earth that needs to be removed. The dogs at the back show that the earth behind the vibracrete wall is still about 1,5m above ground level.

Finally, the abandoned plot is down to ground level. It’s possible to see that there used to be a walkway, maybe an old service lane? And we unearthed some sort of previous building’s remains.

Digging up the excess earth, we excavated an old walkway and some sort of foundation and old bricks at the back.

Digging up the excess earth, we excavated an old walkway and some sort of foundation and old bricks at the back.

Unfortunately the grounds behind the vibracrete wall are still bad, with excess earth burying our house almost half deep, some old building ruins, bricks, rubble and concrete, and lots and lots of rubbish that has been dumped over the years…

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