The Council of the Isles of Scilly has released a statement following speculation about activity at the dump on St Mary's.

Questions were raised on social media after residents noticed that something appeared to be in the process of being buried at the site.

The statement reads: 'The council is aware that there are some concerns about the management of materials arising from the Porthmellon Waste Site Redevelopment Project that are potentially contaminated with Japanese Knotweed.

'We can confirm that there were two small areas of the redevelopment project that were potentially contaminated by Japanese knotweed. These materials have been excavated, quarantined and encapsulated in a geotextile membrane (designed specifically for this purpose) to be buried underneath one of the new bunds as it is formed.

'The Environment Agency Guidance for burying Japanese Knotweed recommends that it should be buried to a depth of 5 meters or wrapped in the membrane. For the avoidance of any doubt, we are doing both.

'This methodology is in line with best practice and guidance from the Environment Agency, who are fully aware of the methodology being employed.

'The Council Operational Services Team are trained to manage Japanese Knotweed infestations. If you are concerned you may have or need assistance in managing an infestation please contact - (01720) 424000 to discuss with one of the team.'

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