Japanese Knotweed Close to Built Area
Reported in the Parks/landscapes category anonymously at 07:55, Tuesday 16 April 2019
Sent to Adur District Council 4 minutes later
Japanese Knotweed is growing amongst the verges near Pond Road car park - it appears to be untreated / unmanaged and in flower - if this gets near buildings or into gardens it could become a substantial problem as its invasive, hard to control etc.
REPLY RECEIVED from Public Health & Regulation: "We have received your complaint about Japanese Knotweed. Unfortunately, the Council has no powers to enforce this matter, as this weed is dealt with by the Environment Agency. You can contact them on: 0800 807060."
REPLY TO REPLY "A disappointing reply as this is a serious issue - Japanese Knotweed if left to spread can damage properties and make them unsaleable - which could affect the local economy and building projects. Surprised that the council does not take on the task of communication with the Environment Agency. I have contacted the Environment Agency, and have also contacted my MP."
UPDATE: No reply from Environment Agency - not even an acknowledgement. Reply received from Tim Loughton MP.
The knotweed continues to grow and flower on council land, near homes, in Shoreham.
The findings of the Commons Select Committee inquiry into the effects of Japanese Knotweed is worrying https://www.parliament.uk/ business/ committees/ committees-a-z/ commons-select/ science-and-technology-committee/ news-parliament-2017/ japanese-knotweed-evidence-17-18/
Posted anonymously at 09:43, Tuesday 14 May 2019
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