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City Council housing halted by highly-invasive Japanese knotweed

City Council housing halted by highly-invasive Japanese knotweed A site earmarked for social housing has been colonised by a ground-devouring weed.  Development of houses on the Council-owned land in Doughiska cannot proceed until an infestation of Japanese Knotweed is treated. A report by Tobin Consulting Engineers found that the 1.03-hectare site, between Doughiska Road and Bóthar ...
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Plans for Japanese knotweed facility near Ballyhaunis rejected by An Bord Pleanala

An Bord Pleanala has rejected plans for a Japanese knotweed facility near Ballyhaunis. A company called Pollution & Construction Solutions Ltd - trading as The Japanese Knotweed Company - had applied for permission for a recovery facility for soil and stone waste, including soils containing Japanese knotweed, at a disused quarry at Hazelhill / Drumbaun on the outskirts of Ballyhaunis. Ma...
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Farmers warned over ‘underestimated’ problem of Japanese Knotweed

Farmers and gardeners have been warned that accidentally planting or recklessly allowing Japanese Knotweed to spread to another property could result in a prosecution.The warning came as experts stressed that the scale of the national problem posed by the invasive species has been underestimated. Japanese Knotweed remains a problem in gardens, ditches, wasteland and even woodland nationwide despi...
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Council refuses Ballyhaunis Japanese Knotweed treatment facility

Planning permission for a facility to treat the Japanese Knotweed plant in Ballyhaunis has been refused over concerns it could not guarantee that the invasive plant would not spread from the site. Co Kerry-based company Pacs Ltd, trading as the Japanese Knotweed Company, applied for planning permission for a facility to treat soil and stone waste containing Japanese Knotweed at a disused quarry...
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Two recent milestones in Japanese knotweed litigation

Network Rail Court of Appeal decision In a previous article (April 2017) the case of Willams & Waistell v Network Rail was discussed. In this landmark case, a Cardiff Court found Network Rail responsible for an actionable nuisance for failing to take steps to prevent Japanese knotweed from blighting properties lying close to its railway embankment. Network Rail appealed and the Court of App...
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Council agrees to help rid Dublin neighbourhood of hated Japanese Knotweed

Dublin City Council has agreed to work to eliminate one of Europe’s most hated weeds found on privately owned land in the Stoneybatter area of Dublin for up to five years in a major reversal of a stance it adopted earlier this summer.  Japanese knotweed has been growing on the O’Deaveney Gardens site near the Phoenix Park and subsequently spread into the gardens of homes adjacent to the Dublin Cit...
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Invasive Japanese Knotweed spreading throughout residential area of Dublin

One of Europe’s most hated weeds has been spreading throughout a residential area of Dublin and is threatening to damage and devalue properties there.  The spread of the most “aggressive, destructive and invasive plant” on Dublin City Council-owned land in Stoneybatter near the Phoenix Park has sparked concern among local homeowners. The council has begun spraying Japanese Knotweed on the O’Devan...
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Cork County Councillors disagree on how to stop Japanese knotweed invading private estate

Fears have been raised that shifting Japanese knotweed around a site designated for social housing in West Cork could put nearby private properties at risk by undermining building foundations. A Cork County Council meeting heard yesterday the invasive plant is to be moved from one part of the site, in Clonakilty, to another section where it will be entombed and sealed with plastic.  Japanese kn...
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