Kerry County Council Director of Services Charlie O’Sullivan gave a progress report on the treatment of the invasive species at the recent monthly meeting of the council.
Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated funds to Kerry County Council last year in a pilot programme to rid Japanese Knotweed from the N21, N22, N69, N70, N71, and N86.
The local authority says it’s now been advised that further funding will be made available shortly to treat these routes again over the coming weeks.
They also say Transport Infrastructure Ireland has indicated a commitment to a four-year funding programme.
Director of Services Charlie O’Sullivan said there’s an objective in the Kerry County Development Plan, that where the invasive species is identified on a site where planning permission is sought, it must be eradicated prior to development.
He also said training has been provided to outdoor staff on identifying the species, and measures to control and eradicate it.
When the council is sending reminder letters to landowners about hedge cutting, they’re also providing information on Japanese Knotweed.
Signage has been placed along stretches of the road where it’s found; and information leaflets have been sent to libraries and area offices for the public.