Calls to clear alien weed along riverbank

Japanese Knotweed
Japanese Knotweed

Calls have been made to clear a popular waterside walkway in Milngavie after it became overgrown with Japanese knotweed.

The area affected is along a stretch of the Allander Water at the start of Auchenhowie Road.

One Bearsden walker who asked not to be named, said there was real concern the weed may spread and cause damage to house foundations, effecting house prices in the area.

The housewife said: “It is spreading through spores and is at least as tall as I am at 5ft 7in.

“It is on both sides of the path and would not take much to spread it to other areas. I think the council should clear it up. The roots need to be removed.”

She added: “If households have it in their gardens, it drops the value of their house and makes insurance more expensive.”

However, Grace Irvine, the council’s director of neighbourhood services, said after looking at the area it was not their land so does not fall under their treatment plan.

She said: “The council has a clear procedure which is implemented when we receive reports of Japanese knotweed on council owned land.

“This involves a site inspection being carried out to determine if it is in fact Japanese knotweed.

“If the area is confirmed as having Japanese knotweed then the area is added to our existing district wide treatment programme.

“The land in question is not owned by the council and is therefore not on our treatment plan.”