Japan’s nightmare plant is turning into a major problem for residents in Neath Port Talbot and playing its part in the property market. Owners are not happy as this Japanese weed appears to be out of control and causing havoc to locals some of whom have delayed selling their homes.
The Knotweed Monster
Knotweed, which first arrived in Great Britain during the 19th Century as a decorative Far East plant, soon began to show a totally different side to its character and shocked the Victorian travellers who’d returned with the plant. Instead of playing a nice sedate role, in beautifully shaped gardens, knotweed went on a vicious attack and nothing stood in its way. Other plants didn’t stand a chance once knotweed smothered and choked them into submission. Even when captured, and shred into tiny pieces, the notorious plant has the ability to re-invent itself into another determined monster.
Delays in Selling Property
That might sound like fiction but it’s a reality in Wales where the Neath Port Talbot council has launched a Japanese knotweed service to help the area and raise funds. When it comes to Japanese knotweed removal cost UK options, there are a number of key considerations. No longer will they sit back and tolerate knotweed, which can grow through brickwork, tarmac, and concrete invading their space. Knotweed can aggravate property damage which is why owners are up in arms and need serious help with the problem. Surveys were being carried out on houses with knotweed problems were being highlighted. This caused delays in the selling process.
Council Fighting Back
Serious knotweed management is required which is why the Neath Port Talbot council has taken action and if anyone needs help, they can go to government websites where he or she will find more details. The paid for service might not yet be quite what’s required as it’s only dealing with people’s gardens so more management systems might have to come into play to propel the full force of knotweed. Although any landowner can work with the council, on tailor-made packages to suit their needs to resolve any knotweed issues they have.
Staff Cuts Threat
On the income side of the problem the council hope to bring in £40,000 a year which should help with any issues related to cutting staff. This is a particular problem for the council as their environmental budget, during the last seven years, has been cut by £18 million which has seen the workforce cut by 400 employees. Quite a few staff took early retirement with a few others voluntary redundancy packages.
Battle of Knotweed Begins in Earnest
So, the battle of knotweed has begun in earnest in Neath Port Talbot and the council has all kinds of plans up their sleeves to and try and contain the problem such as the release of bugs that will take on knotweed directly. Its early days but the council hope their strategies will contain the problem and allow local people to sell properties free from knotweed problems.
Meanwhile, just across the Seven Bridge, which links England and Wales, a Bristol property owner has been fined £18,000 for not dealing with knotweed garden plant. The plant had been referenced during a survey as being a potential problem. This house, owned by MB Estate Limited in the Horfield area of Bristol, caused concerns with many local residents who complained to the council.