Mayo County Council has deferred a decision on whether to lease a disused quarry near Claremorris to a Co. Kerry firm which specialises in the control and eradication of Japanese Knotweed.

Residents of the Brookhill area, where the five-acre quarry is located, are firmly opposed, for environmental reasons, to the proposal to treat soil and stone contaminated with the invasive weed at the location.

A major programme is underway nationally at the moment to eradicate Japanese Knotweed which can cause structural damage by cracking pavements and house foundations.

The Japanese Knotweed Company, based in Killorglin, has made a formal proposal to Mayo County Council seeking a 15 year lease on the Brookhill quarry at €1,000 per acre per annum.

Councillors who are members of Claremorris Municipal District had already voted unanimously not to to lease the quarry to the company due to environmental concerns at their Municipal meeting last week.

The matter again came before the full meeting of the authority yesterday, and a number of concerned residents attended the public gallery to listen to the debate.

It would appear that the company intends to hold an open day in Claremorris soon to outline in detail its proposals to residents and councillors, and other interested parties.

While councillors  generally, accept the decision of the Municipal authority, in this case they acknowledged the Claremorris Municipal councillors’ views, but then agreed to defer the item, as distinct from either approving or rejecting it.

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