Tintwistle house sale collapse blamed on invasive plant.

Tintwistle has become the latest victim of Japanese knotweed infestation after a mortgage was declined on a property at West Drive, Tintwistle, because of mysterious outbreak of the dreaded plant on the other side of the road.

Shortly before the Gazette visited the site, part of the knotweed had been removed in an unknown manner. Anybody with information about this is asked to contact the Glossop Gazette immediately.
An agent at Umove, who were selling the property, said that it was the only case they had come across in 18 months of business in the town, but declined to comment further. Jordan Fishwick said it had been suspected but never found on any of their properties in 12 years and that they were “keeping their fingers crossed”. At Reed Rains the agents said it had not been an issue in her six years at the firm, but acknowledged that there was a lot of it about. At another estate agents we were told that they had come across no cases in 18 months, but that the agent’s neighbour on Longclough Brook had it and was very upset. 
 Japanese knotweed is a highly invasive plant that is very difficult to get rid of. It is illegal to do anything to cause it to spread, and neglect of treatment leading to infestation of neighbouring land can make the owner liable under law. Glossop is very well known for its Japanese Knotweed, but for all the wrong reasons.
Are you you unable to sell your house or develop land because of Japanese knotweed? Does your neighbour have it? Learn to recognise this nasty plant before all the leaves fall off and inform your local councillors of all outbreaks.. Don’t forget to tell the Glossop Gazette too!

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