Clean-up still being delayed

NRHNLM110714B2 - Keith Lancaster, Melvin Slack and Priscilla Slack are concerned about the Japanese Knotweed on land at the bottom of their garden
NRHNLM110714B2 - Keith Lancaster, Melvin Slack and Priscilla Slack are concerned about the Japanese Knotweed on land at the bottom of their garden
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A LENGTHY dispute between a pair of Codnor neighbours over a knotweed riddled wasteland looks set to continue – after an unsuccessful clean up operation.

In September last year the overgrown ground behind the workshop of Cattermole Technical Services and Contractors on Market Place was found to contain the aggressive Japanese weed.

Owner of the business and land, David Cattermole, agreed to clear the site of the weed using the appropriate methods, as knotweed must be destroyed using a poison to ensure it does not regrow.

But more than nine months later, the couple who live next door to the business claim the weed is still spreading and is approaching their back garden because a clean up operation failed.

Melvin Slack, 54, and wife Priscilla, 68, of Derby Road, Codnor contacted our Sort it Out campaign in September to put pressure on their neighbour to get the job done.

Mr Slack, who has a history of disputes with Mr Cattermole, said: “If it keeps spreading through, it will go through the concrete gravel board and it will break anything.

“It has just been hacked down and moved from A to B – it will only regrow that way.

“If he did it right the first time then I wouldn’t be asking him to do it again.”

Earlier in the year Mr Cattermole offered his neighbour the opportunity to clear the land up himself.

However Mr Slack declined the offer on the grounds he felt he did not have the expertise to do the job properly.

He felt Mr Cattermole was passing the buck and demanded that the business owner take responsibility for the clean up himself.

Four months ago, Mr Cattermole says he did attempt to clear the weeds using an Amber Valley Borough Council approved poison he purchased himself.

However the chemical he used did not work and the knotweed wasn’t destroyed. That poison has since been taken out of use by the borough

Now Mr Cattermole claims he is waiting for the council to provide him a more effective poison. He also said his firm owned a digger, which could be used to uproot the large weeds, but that the vehicle was currently being used on a site in Manchester

He has since issued a promise to Mr Slack that he will cut down the weeds every two weeks as a temporary measure and he will put the waste into a metal skip so that it does not spread .

This week he promised the News that he would get the job done properly when he could get hold of the right poison and digging equipment to rip up the roots.

However he could not say when that would be.

Mr Slack responded: “If he can stick to that then fair enough.”

Hopefully that’s the job sorted.