Help offered on knotweed issue

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A NEW group has been formed to tackle the problem of Japanese knotweed in Scarborough.

A number of developments in Scarborough have been affected by Japanese knotweed in the past.

In 2007, the out-of-control plant was holding up the £4.8 million development at Woodend Creative Industries Centre.

It is the same plant which cost hundreds of thousands of pounds to remove from the site of this year’s London Olympics.

The Property Care Association has been working with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, supported by the Council of Mortgage Lenders and The Building Societies Association, together with Japanese Knotweed control companies that currently operate within the UK, to develop the Invasive Weed Control Group. This new aspect of the association coincides with the publication of new guidance from the Royal Institution entitled Japanese Knotweed and Residential Property, authored by Phil Parnham.

The guidance, along with the development of the Invasive Weed Control Group to signpost consumers to professional treatment companies, now offers assurance and certainty in tackling the problem.

Stephen Hodgson, general manager of the Property Care Association, which has its headquarters in Huntingdon, said: “For several months, the association has been working with sections of the Japanese Knotweed control industry to provide representation, accreditation and trade association services.

“Ultimately this work has drawn together a set of standards that will ensure consumers in Scarborough can identify companies, through the association, that have the skills, infrastructure, knowledge and integrity to eliminate this troublesome weed properly and cost-effectively.

“Our role as an established trade body, with a reputation for high standards, ensures a recognised and effective route for the delivery of this work.

“The control of invasive species, such as Japanese Knotweed, also complements the association’s existing areas of expertise.”

Further information is available at www.property-care.org where a list of professional Japanese knotweed control contractors is available.