Japanese knotweed stopped woman from selling her property

A woman says the sale of her home fell through because the buyer was concerned about knotweed near a neighbouring pub.

Sue Harry lives close to The Butchers’ Arms pub in Alltwen in the Swansea Valley where Japanese knotweed grows from a patch of ground behind the business.

She claims the presence of the invasive weed put off a potential buyer of her home.

Ms Harry is calling on Neath Port Talbot council to get involved, as she claims the invasive plant creeps towards a public right of way.

“There has been an issue with knotweed growing on the land for some years,” she claimed.

“I wanted to put my home on the market in 2014, but was told the knotweed could have a detrimental effect.

“I put it back on last year, but the last person interested in buying it took up the issue of knotweed. They had a survey undertaken, and as a result of the knotweed their mortgage company refused to accept it.

“There is a public right of way near to the site, and the local authority has an obligation to maintain that right of way, so it will soon become an issue for them if it is not treated.”