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.



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