Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

The plant buddleia is an invasive species across our towns and cities – especially city centres, inner urban areas, and any large open piece of untended land including railway land.

The nuisance that it causes to buildings, walls, paths and pavements, in houses, flats and historic buildings is obvious in just a few months. Many residents, tenants, occupants, owners and landlords and management companies seem to do little to limit the damage caused to their own or neighbouring properties.

Does the Department for the Environment have any policy to counteract the spread of and damage caused by this pretty, bee friendly but damagingly invasive plant? Is DEFRA working with local councils and other authorities and landowners to control this nuisance?

I am also asking the same question to the Environment Agency.

Yours faithfully,

Kiron Reid
20 West Albert Road,
Liverpool

Helpline, Defra (MCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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no-reply@defra.ecase.co.uk on behalf of Defra Information Rights Team, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Dear Akin Akinloye,

Thank you for your email of 24 August, requesting information on Defra
Grant Availability.

We aim to answer your request no later than 26th September, which is 20
working days from the date we received it. If we are unable to meet this
deadline we will contact you to explain the reason.

If you have any queries about this letter please contact us.

Yours sincerely

Marie Davies

Information Rights Team

[email address]

Enquiries APHA,

Ref: ATIC1437

Dear Kiron Reid

Thank you for your request for information about invasive species, which
we received on 24 Aug 2018.  Your request is being considered in respect
to the access to information legislation.

As required by the legislation, we aim to answer your request within 20
working days from the date we received it.  If for any reason we are
unable to meet this deadline we will keep you fully informed of the
reasons for this.

In the meantime, if you have any queries, please contact the Access to
Information Team at the email address below.

 

ACCESS TO INFORMATION TEAM

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no-reply@defra.ecase.co.uk on behalf of Defra Information Rights Team, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Dear Akin Akinloye,

Please find attached the response to your request of 24th August for
information on Defra Grant Availability.

Yours sincerely

Andy Jennings

Information Rights Team

[email address]

no-reply@defra.ecase.co.uk on behalf of Defra Information Rights Team, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Dear Mr Reid,

Thank you for your email of 24 August, requesting information on Policies
for dealing with Buddleia.

We aim to answer your request no later than 2nd October, which is 20
working days from the date we received it. If we are unable to meet this
deadline we will contact you to explain the reason.

If you have any queries about this letter please contact us.

Yours sincerely

Marie Davies

Information Rights Team

[email address]

no-reply@defra.ecase.co.uk on behalf of informationrequests@defra.gsi.gov.uk, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Dear Mr Reid,

Please find attached the response to your request of 24th August for
information on Policies for dealing with Buddleia.

Yours sincerely

Marie Taylor

Information Rights Team

[email address]

Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

Just a quick belated acknowledgment fao Marie Taylor of the Information Rights Team. On 24 September they sent a helpful reply to my question about Policies for dealing with buddleia, explaining why DEFRA does not have the information at present because "Defra is currently developing a rapid risk assessment for
Buddleia which will assess the associated risks and impacts of the species to GB. "

the helpful what do they know site perhaps unhelpfully removes email addresses from correspondence so I couldn't acknowledge direct.

Yours sincerely,

Kiron Reid

Liverpool, UK

Helpline, Defra (MCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Thank you for your email. We have a target of replying to emails within 15
working days where a response is required, and 20 working days where a
case is handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or the
Environmental Information Regulations 2004. If you need a reply before
then, please call the Defra Helpline on 03459 33 55 77, or visit
[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati....
We often receive thousands of identical emails each month from organised
campaigns. Ministers and officials are made aware of these campaigns, but
unfortunately we cannot reply to each email when such large volumes are
received.
Best wishes,
Ministerial Contact Unit
 
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) This email and
any attachments is intended for the named recipient only. If you have
received it in error you have no authority to use, disclose, store or copy
any of its contents and you should destroy it and inform the sender.
Whilst this email and associated attachments will have been checked for
known viruses whilst within Defra systems we can accept no responsibility
once it has left our systems. Communications on Defra's computer systems
may be monitored and/or recorded to secure the effective operation of the
system and for other lawful purposes.

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