I read the Environmental Report posted on the KK COCO website, and was glad to see that at least the presence of invasive plants is being noted, and hopefully dealt with in due course.
However, the report was less than comprehensive in detailing the exact locations of these invasive plants, eg, Japanese Knotweed, Himalayan Balsam etc.
Figures 3.4 and 3.5 show 1km square areas where these species may be present, however, I believe these locations could be more specifically pinpointed as is being done by other counties, Waterford for example (http://waterfordcouncil.maps.arcgis.com/apps/CrowdsourceReporter/index.html?appid=9c41e4c2f33e4f1eb2d8ab2c1740ea30).
The maps shown in Fig 3.4 and 3.5, fail to accurately show where these plants actually exist, and completely miss some infestations that are growing right within the town, eg, the front yard of the Garda Station on Green Street - there is a nasty infestation here, and someone is regularly trimming it and unknowingly spreading it!
There is some architecturally important buildings in the vicinity of this Knotweed, and it would be terrible if the Knotweed was allowed to compromise the structural integrity of them.
As part of the development plan for the town, I'd like to see such plant invasions identified, whether by a 'crowdsourcing' means, physical on-site signage or otherwise, until such infestations can be eradicated.
Clearer identification of invasive Knotweed locations is needed for successful eradication
Protection of buildings and amenities