Within the centre of Bradpole old village and situated behind the recently constructed Badgers Row cottages is an area of land which has been largely unattended since the cottages were constructed a few years ago.
The land is owned by West Dorset District Council (WDDC).
Bradpole Parish Council has raised concerns over unfulfilled planning obligations on several occasions seeking to ensure that this area is turned into a Green Space for the people of the village in line with those agreed planning obligations.
The Parish Council had sought to have this land designated as a Green Space under the developing Neighbourhood Plan which would have provided some measure of protection, as requested by residents. One unfortunate consequence of prevarication is that this has not yet been possible because the land is not currently being used as a public green space and this sorry tale explains why.
So what’s going on?… you may well ask.
The situation has been referred to the M.P. for West Dorset who has asked to be advised if the work has not commenced by the end of May 2018.
We have reported on this website in previous years the steps that have been taken since 2014 to eradicate the outbreak of Japanese Knotweed at Townsend Way, Bradpole.
A visit to the site in the past few days has revealed that there is some new growth so our friends from the Bridport Lengthsman Team will recommence treatment this month.
A recent study on the control of Japanese Knotweed has been published by Swansea University in which they say that most information for people affected by the plant is largely based on anecdote. Knotweed can be controlled using glyphosate at the right time of year, though this can usually take three to five years.