Local councillors have agreed to push for more action to be taken over Japanese knotweed across Helensburgh and Lomond in the form of a Japanese knotweed policy.
The invasive plant was noted as a serious problem at the Helensburgh and Lomond's Area Committee's recent meeting and several councillors told stories their constituents had told them of how the difficult-to-control weed was growing rampant throughout the county.
Identifying Japanese knotweed is part of the problem as not many people know what the weed looks like and if it goes unreported and untreated it will continue to grow unchecked.
Local constituents complained that they couldn't sell their properties and it was difficult to manage leading to suggestions from councillors that the Argyll and Bute Council should create a Japanese knotweed policy.
Politicians agree on Japanese knotweed policy
The politicians agreed to go ahead with a motion that was submitted by George Freeman, an Independent Councillor, who requested that Argyll and Bute Council create a Japanese knotweed policy so that a consistent approach is taken to control Japanese knotweed.
As the council currently has no plan in place for Japanese knotweed treatment their dealings with the invasive weed are sporadic and dealt with on an individual basis. Councillor Freeman said "The council needs to come up with some kind of policy for the future."
"This is a major issue for home owners and land owners in Helensburgh and Lomond."
"Japanese knotweed is a serious problem for those trying to buy or sell a property, there's a number of financial difficulties that can come with it such as difficulty in securing a mortgage.
The Rotter responds to the Japanese knotweed policy
The Rotter, a.k.a. Les Meikle from Wise Property Care said that "The creation of a Japanese knotweed policy will help ensure that all Japanese knotweed in the Argyll and Bute area will be dealt with in the correct manner."
"I hear of far too many cases where Japanese knotweed is treated incorrectly and this treatment has caused the weed to spread even further.
"Over the past two years Argyll and Bute Council have been treating Japanese knotweed on a number of sites very successfully and I hope that this success can be spread over the whole area."
Contact a Japanese knotweed specialist
If you think that you have Japanese knotweed on your property then contact Wise Knotweed Solutions on 0808 231 9218 or contact the team online using our contact form.
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