Lynda’s anguish over wasp-clad ivy bush

Lyndia Hill is unhappy with this ivy hedge growing near her house in Pellon.
Lyndia Hill is unhappy with this ivy hedge growing near her house in Pellon.
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A woman has been left unknowing what to do thanks to a wasp-infested overgrown ivy bush that lies just yards from her home.

Lynda Hill, of Birks Hall Terrace, Pellon, moved into her house five weeks ago but says she’s now been left “petrified” of the insects – of which she’s allergic to – as they swamp the unsightly plant.

The ivy grows off a wall which Lynda says Calderdale Council has told her is privately owned, meaning the problem’s much more difficult to solve.

The 46-year-old carer said: “I’m getting ants and stuff in my house. I told the council and they said it’s to do with someone who owns the land privately.

“I don’t know what I can do, I can’t open my windows.

“I don’t want to move because I love it here, it’s just annoying.

Lynda added that on moving into the property her landlord had clipped the ivy back due to it spreading as far as the house itself.

She said she was tempted to destroy the whole plant completely, although this would be difficult due to the majority of it hanging off a very steep drop.

Lynda said: “If I cut it down I might be in the wrong.”

A council spokesperson said: “Calderdale Council is aware of this issue, and is working on resolving the problem. Pest control will be visiting the site this week, and after this visit,sh the highways team will assess any problems with the wall and the ivy.”