£18k fine over Japanese Knotweed
A Bristol property owner has been prosecuted for allowing the spread of Japanese Knotweed.
MB Estate Limited were served with a community protection notice back in May 2017 following complaints from seven properties neighbouring the house on Ash Road in Horfield, close to Horfield Common. After no attempt was made to comply with the notice, Bristol City Council took the decision to prosecute the owner of the property.
The company, who did not attend the hearing or sentencing, were fined £18,000 plus costs, in their absence, at Bristol Magistrates Court. The court has also issued an order requiring MB Estate Limited to remedy the problem.