A Kerry based company that controls and eradicates Japanese Knotweed is expected to submit a planning application to Mayo county council before the end of this month to develop a facility to process the invasive plant species.

Representatives from the company held an information evening in Ballyhaunis on Friday where they outlined their plans for the soil recovery facility, to be located at a disused quarry at Drimbane, just off the Claremorris road.

The processing centre is expected to create 16 jobs.

The company had initially planned to locate the facility at a disused quarry in Claremorris  but that proposal was abandoned following local objections.

Speaking to Midwest News today the owner of the proposed plant said that he intends to submit a planning application to Mayo county council in the next ten days.

He said the new plant would be located close to Western Proteins, and following Friday’s public meeting he believes there are no substantial objections to his proposal locally.

He declined to be interviewed.

 

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