Japanese knotweed

  • A Kerry based company that controls and eradicates Japanese Knotweed is expected to submit a planning application to Mayo county council before the end of this month to develop a facility to process the invasive plant species.

    Representatives from the company held an information evening in Ballyhaunis on Friday where they outlined their plans for the soil recovery facility, to be located at a disused quarry at Drimbane, just off the Claremorris road.

    The processing centre is expected to create 16 jobs.

    The company had initially planned to locate the facility at a disused quarry in Claremorris  but that proposal was abandoned following local objections.

    Speaking to Midwest News today the owner of the proposed plant said that he intends to submit a planning application to Mayo county council in the next ten days.

    He said the new plant would be located close to Western Proteins, and following Friday’s public meeting he believes there are no substantial objections to his proposal locally.

    He declined to be interviewed.


  • A spokesperson for the Japanese Knotweed Company has confirmed to Midwest News this evening that the application for planning permission for the soil recovery facility at Brookhill, Claremorris has been withdrawn for the moment.

    Ciaran O’Shea from the company told Midwest News this evening that the planning permission application has been withdrawal as gesture of goodwill. Mr O’Shea says the company wants to proceed with the information day on Thursday February 22nd and meet with residents, before the application is lodged for processing.

    He told Midwest News this evening it will allow people to attend the information day without the question of the planning application dominating proceedings.

  • Councillors in the Claremorris Municipal District have voted unanimously NOT to lease land in Brookhill, Claremorris to a company  that controls and eradicates Japanese Knotweed.

    At yesterday’s meeting of the Municipal District, councillors were asked to approve a lease of 5 acres of land at Brookhill to the Co Kerry-based Japanese Knotweed Company.

    The company specialises in the treatment, control and eradication of the invasive plant.

    However, councillors unanimously voted not to lease the lands to the company, for a number of reasons.

  • 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.

  • Planning permission has been refused for the development of a Japanese Knotweed treatment facility in Ballyhanunis.

    A county Kerry based company, Pacs Ltd, trading as the Japanese Knotweed Company, had applied to Mayo county council for planning permission for a facility to treat soil and stone waste containing Japanese Knotweed at a disused quarry site at Hazilhill/ Drumbaun, Ballyhaunis.

    Japanese Knotweed is one of the most invasive and destructive alien plants in Ireland.

    The planning dept of Mayo county council expressed concerns that the applicant in this case could not guarantee that the plant would not spread from the proposed facility.

    They also cited a lack of scientific and relevant examples to support the construction of such a facility.

  • A decision by Mayo County Council on planning permission for a recovery facility for soil and stone waste contaminated by Japanese Knotweed in a disused quarry near Ballyhaunis has been delayed.

    Council planners are seeking further information from the Kerry based company which is involved in the proposal – the Japanese Knotweed Company with a business address in Klllorglin.

    Forty-one residents of the Drumbaun/Hazelhill area have objected to the proposal.

     At the moment, a major nationwide programme is underway to eradicate Japanese Knotweed, which can crack pavements and undermine buildings.

    The invasive species is now rampant in many counties. Local authorities have imposed strict controls on the cutting and disposal of the weed due to the high risk of it spreading.

    A decision on planning permission was due last week but now Mayo County Council has requested further information.

    One of the council’s concerns relates to possible contamination along the transport routes from infected sites to the recovery facility.

    The company is also being asked to submit details of existing facilities in the UK or Europe such as that proposed in Ballyhaunis.

    The council’s planning department has set a deadline of April 11 for the receipt of the information which it is seeking.


  • An Bord Pleanala has rejected plans for a Japanese knotweed facility near Ballyhaunis.

    A company called Pollution & Construction Solutions Ltd - trading as The Japanese Knotweed Company - has applied for permission for a recovery facility for soil and stone waste, including soils containing Japanese knotweed, at a disused quarry at Hazelhill / Drumbaun on the outskirts of Ballyhaunis.

    Mayo County Council had refused permission for the development and the company appealed that decision to An Bord Pleanala.

    Observations were also received from a local landowner and the Drumbane Residents Association.

    They claimed that the roadway into the site is not suitable for large volumes of traffic, and concerns were also expressed over noise and dust pollution.

    An Bord Pleanala has now refused planning permission for the facility.

    The Board said, given the location close to residential dwellings, it was not satisfied that the proposed development would not seriously injure the amenities of properties in the vicinity by reason of noise, dust and general disturbance.

    The Board also considered the proposal would pose a risk of environmental pollution.