Japanese Knotweed delays Guernsey social housing build

Oliver Farrimond reports on Japanese Knotweed delaying a Guernsey social housing build

Related Stories

The discovery of an invasive weed on a site in St Martin, Guernsey, earmarked for social housing has delayed building work for at least a year.

Jeremy Rihoy, head of building firm JW Rihoy and Son, said it was only in the last four or five months that Japanese knotweed had been found in the area.

He said a UK contractor had been found who was dealing with the plant weed through a powerful weed killer.

Mr Rihoy said he was confident work would start by the end of 2013.

The £2.5m project on the site of the former Royal British Legion Hall, in La route des Couture, involves the building of 14 flats to house up to 20 older people.

Once work is completed, the development is due to be managed by the Guernsey Housing Association.

A spokesman for the association said they were disappointed by the delay and the aim was now to get residents into the flats before the end of 2014.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Guernsey

Weather

Guernsey Airport

19 °C 17 °C

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • StuntmanStuntman to the stars

    Driving dangerously and falling off buildings are all part of the day job for Bobby Holland Hanton

Programmes

  • The smartphones of shoppers being tracked in a storeClick Watch

    How free wi-fi can enable businesses to track our movements and learn more about us

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.