Hogweed ‘invasion!’

Thursday, 22 June 2017

THE Ulster Unionist group leader on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, councillor Stephen Nicholl, is to try to force the council to take legal responsibility for dealing with a dangerous plant invading various parts of Ballymena.
Councillor Nicholl provided pictures to back up his claims that Giant Hogweed is now a 'growing' problem along the banks of the Braid and Maine rivers.
The experienced councillor said he had been forced to take action after getting a "disappointing" response from council officials.
He said: "Giant Hogweed is a particularly nasty invasive species which causes serious burns to any exposed skin which comes in contact with the plant.
“I have passed on to senior officers the concerns of local residents, who have identified many plants growing along the Braid and Maine rivers including on council property at the ECOS centre.
“Regrettably council officers have decided that their response is adequate and there is nothing more they intend to do.
•Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.


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