Saturday, 18 November 2017

Knotweed returns at derelict property

A NEW outbreak of Japanese knotweed has hit Sonning Common.

A NEW outbreak of Japanese knotweed has hit Sonning Common.

The invasive weed is said to be growing again on disused private land on the corner of Sedgewell Road and Peppard Road.

Councillor Dirk Jones told a parish council meeting: “Someone has to go on to the land and sort it. It’s a massive outbreak.”

He said the land had been “abandoned” more than 30 years ago.

Councillor Chrissie Phillips-Tilbury said the council had spent years trying unsuccessfully to solve the problem.

Councillor Colin Reynolds said the plant had been left unchecked because the adjoining property had been derelict for decades.

Councillor Jane Diwell said she had noticed two large giant hogweed plants near the bottom of Blackmore Lane.

“It’s very dangerous and can cause terrible burns,” she said. “It has to be destroyed by people in protective clothing.”

Councillor David Bartholomew, who represents Sonning Common on Oxfordshire County Council, was asked for help.

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