Couple Who Own Popular Tame Valley Pub Have Been Awarded £8,000 From Tameside Council For Japanese Knotweed Encroachment
Gary and Sharon McDonald own Tame Valley Pub in Dukinfield, Manchester. A husband and wife who own the popular Tame Valley Pub have been awarded £8,000 from Tameside Council for Japanese Knotweed encroachment, growing onto their property, which includes both a beer garden and private garden, the deadly plant had spread from neighbouring land owned by Tameside Council.
Gary and Sharon McDonald, both 51, turned to Liverpool-based High Street Solicitors after having plans drawn up to build a house on their property. They were prevented from proceeding with the build due to the Japanese Knotweed encroachment which is renowned for causing structural damages and creating issues, causing interference with draining pipes and growing into small cracks or joints where it can expand and break them.
The plant is most commonly found near railway locations as it was traditionally used to support railway embankments and its surrounding. If the plant has grown onto a property or piece of land, owners are entitled to make a claim.
Mr and Mrs McDonald raised concerns after discovering the plant right on the boundary of their property. Their fears were that the stigma surrounding knotweed would affect the build and subsequently, would mean the property was unable to have a mortgage on it. High Street Solicitors carried out a survey on the property, finding that the encroachment had spread from a large infestation on a nearby cemetery. It had grown onto Tame Valley Pub’s small garden to the right of the property and was 1.5m in size.
Gary and Sharon McDonald said: “When we first discovered the knotweed, we were really concerned. The plant can devalue properties and most importantly, affect the build on properties with encroachment. We’ve drawn up plans to build a house on our property which has been impossible with the knotweed. It would’ve also meant we wouldn’t have been able to get a mortgage and have the potential to affect our livelihood that we’ve worked so hard for.
“We’re so grateful to High Street Solicitors for securing the compensation and also ensuring the Japanese Knotweed is treated to eradicate the current encroachment and prevent future growth onto our land.”
Joann Cameron, Litigation Executive, at High Street Solicitors said: “Japanese Knotweed can has the potential to cause damage to a property and poses an immediate diminution of value of your property – this becomes apparent when you’re trying to sell your property or in Mr and Mrs McDonald’s case, build on the property and have a mortgage.
“It is extremely important that the Japanese Knotweed is eradicated and treated as quickly as possible to order to ensure the property and land is enjoyed by the proprietor, and that after treatment, the property becomes mortgageable again. High Street Solicitors also ensures that our clients obtain a 10 year back guarantee when treatment has been carried out.”