Village invaded by notorious weed

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LARGE areas of riverbank have been taken over by a fast-spreading plant capable of growing through concrete.

Japanese Knotweed has been found near the River Luggie in the Waterside area of Kirkintilloch.

East Dunbartonshire Council officers are battling to stop it spreading onto the nearby public footpath.

But they say they are powerless to act on the source of the problem because they don’t know who owns the land.

Bill Lapping, chairman of Waterside Community Council, said: “I makes the place look an absolute state and to my knowledge the council has done nothing about it since September.

“This is not an accident waiting to happen. The accident has already happened and something needs to be done now.”

More on this story in the Kirkintilloch Herald (November 9)