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£20,000.00 Recovered For Elderly Welsh Neighbours

£20,000.00 Recovered For Elderly Welsh Neighbours

The Pentre-based mothers, one of which has sadly passed away, both received compensation for this nuisance plant encroaching onto their land.

An 87-year-old widow and her late neighbour have received £20,000 in compensation after battling with Japanese Knotweed which had been growing in their back gardens for approximately 15 years. The pensioners first sought legal advice from ourselvess in 2019 after being unaware of the severity of the growth in their gardens. With their terraced houses – that are located in Pentre, Wales – being on a mountain, and their back garden gradually ascending in height, the widows weren’t able to reach the very back of their properties.

Japanese Knotweed 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. It is most commonly found near railway locations as it was traditionally used to support railway embankments and its surrounding. This particular Japanese Knotweed encroachment was from nearby land owned by Saul Roberts & Partners. The two Japanese Knotweed cases received £20,000 in total, with 75-year-old Marilyn Prince signing her settlement just a few days before she sadly passed away.

Despite there being no structural damage to the terrace homes, the pensioners were unaware of how much damage the deadly plant had caused to their fences and into their gardens. Marilyn’s son Dave Prince explained: “My brother Robert and I are now happy that the Japanese Knotweed case has come to a close and that when the treatment has been delivered we will be able to relax in the knowledge that the issue is finally over. Chris Eccles and High Street Solicitors have been easy to work with on this case and welcome the completion of the case. We would encourage those who are affected by Japanese Knotweed to pursue a claim via High Street Solicitors.”

The other pensioner, an 87-year-old widow, explained: “I am delighted with the service provided at High Street Solicitors who dealt with the issue and managed to resolve it on my behalf. I am relieved that the plant will be treated and eradicated now that a treatment plan has been put in place and to also receive compensation for the damages that it has caused over the last 15 years.”

Chris Eccles, Solicitor from High Street Solicitors, added: “I was particularly happy to see this vulnerable client receive the monies to deal with the scourge of Japanese Knotweed on her land. There was stiff resistance here and surely such a result was only just in the circumstances. We’re approaching the season where Japanese Knotweed can grow aggressively given the warmer months and I’d urge anyone in a similar position to get in touch with High Street Solicitors. We can ensure that your issue is resolved by having the plant treated and removed from the property as well as looking at compensation for any damages caused.”