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Assembly Member welcomes promise of action to halt knotweed invasion

November 21, 2012 3:34 PM

The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black, has welcomed the Assembly Environment Minister's announcement today, that he is considering legislation to halt the invasion of Japanese Knotweed

The Minister was responding to a question from Mr. Black asking for action on the pernicious weed. Mr. Black made the point that councils had no power to compel action where it was growing on land which is not in their ownership, despite its impact on buildings and on the ability to attract a mortgage.

"I have raised this matter on a number of occasions in the Assembly and am pleased that my concerns are being listened to," said Mr. Black. "Japanese Knotweed is a huge problem in the area I represent and I have received many representations from constituents to help them deal with it. However, where it is growing on private land the Council is powerless to act.

"Knotweed is also growing in many public spaces such as the recently opened Wales Coast Path. Unless it is dealt with properly, Japanese Knotweed will keep coming back, re-invading those cleared lands. It is only with legislation that we can ensure a joined up approach to remove Knotweed around Wales."