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Japanese Knotweed

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

This petition of residents living in Chelsworth drive and Tuam road in my constituency highlights the growing problem of Japanese knotweed. Responsibility for clearing an infestation where it appears is clearly set out in statute, but that is not the case when the land is bona vacantia. No one has a legal duty to deal with the problem, despite the threat to neighbouring properties, creating a problem for people living in those properties. That problem has existed for those residents for many years. The petition declares:

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons enacts legislation or statutory instruments that will identify which authority or body is responsible for the clearance of Japanese Knotweed, and provide powers for the House of Commons to enforce such clearance when necessary.

To lie upon the Table.