Concerns over invasive weed

PUBLISHED: 11:00 29 March 2013

Plans for the new Beehive Community Centre in Honiton.

Plans for the new Beehive Community Centre in Honiton.


Honiton Town Council say there are no problems with Japanese knotweed on the site of the new community centre.

Honiton Town Council has made reassurances that there are no problems with Japanese knotweed on the site of the new Beehive Community Centre.

Discussions over the invasive weed were sparked at the town council’s monthly meeting after it received an anonymous letter raising concerns over Japanese knotweed in private dwellings near the site in Dowell Street.

Councillor Vernon Whitlock said: “Can we reassure the public that we have consulted with East Devon District Council and there is no problem with the site of the Beehive.

“Japanese knotweed is not a problem in the grounds and there is no problem on the site of the community complex.”

The letter, which was read out at the meeting, said: “Although Japanese knotweed has been eradicated in the main part, what is Honiton Town Council doing about the Japanese knotweed in the private dwellings.”

Councillor Coombs said that the correspondent was wrong and it had not been eradicated, but East Devon District Council had been carrying out work to eradicate it since 2004, which he said showed how “resilient” the plant is.

The district council has made every attempt to eradicate the Japanese knotweed and have confirmed to the town council that it is under control.

Cllr Coombs added: “It is a really serious issue and is a concern all around that area. I believe we should be taking Japanese knotweed very seriously and work with adjoining residents to eradicate the whole area.”

Cllr Coombs called on the council, district council, and the owners of the private dwellings to work more closely together,

Councillor Mike Allen added: “The district council have been in a dialogue with the owners. It is all in hand.”

Councillor Vivienne Ash and John Taylor felt it was a matter for the district council to enforce.

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