Japanese Knotweed

The integrity of the Leader of the Council and his Cabinet will be put to the ultimate test on Tuesday when they have to decide whether to ignore evidence of the presence of Japanese Knotweed. To be fair to the current officers, they were clearly unaware that Princes Parade was infested with this highly invasive weed in 2009 . The evidence for this arises from a legally sworn Statutory Declaration by the council’s own site manager. Even treatment with Glyphosate would only knock it back to a dormant state and this could be a significant impediment to development on Princes Parade. This is just one of the many risks associated with developing Princes Parade which have not been mentioned in the agenda papers for Tuesday’s cabinet meeting.