By Tristan Harris Thursday 03 October 2013 Updated: 07/10 11:10
INVASIVE Japanese knotweed near Redditch's railway station could prove problematic if buildings there are bulldozed, a resident has warned.
The Matchborough East man told the Standard if the site was demolished to make way for new development, unwanted mounds of earth could be redistributed as top soil across the borough.
If that happened and the soil had not been treated, the whole of the borough could potentially be invaded by the plant, which can come up through floors and even destroy concrete.
The resident, who did not want to be named, said: "The presence of Japanese knotweed has led to the condemnation of houses and people being refused mortgages because of it.
"It needs specialist removal - if you leave even the smallest of roots it will start to spread again.
"My concern is the landowner may not know the Japanese knotweed is there.
"By not doing a simple thing at this stage could lead to a much greater problem further down the line."
A Redditch Borough Council spokeswoman said: "We will be advising the current land owner that Japanese knotweed may be present on their property and suggesting they seek advice on how to deal with the problem from the Environment Agency or the landscape department at the council."
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