Hope you are all well.
I please wondered if anyone is able to help me with this issue i have been having. For several months Network Rail who run a railway near my house has allowed Japanese Knotweed to grow rapidly on their land. I have contacted them multiple times about this but they have not done anything about it.
The weed has now spread severely and it has entered my garden and it has now got severely bad. It has spread rapidly around the railway banking and it has entered my garden at several points. I have contacted Network Rail again and they have offered to spray the weeds, it may take several years to eliminate this completely.
I am completely upset as i have a medical condition and soon want to hopefully sell up and buy a bungalow, as i have trouble with one of my legs. I will not be able to sell my home now, if at all due to this problem. I am sad as if Network Rail had acted sooner, this weed would not have entered my land and would not have taken as long to hopefully treat.
My question is i have asked Network Rail for compensation, but they have declined as they have stated, they are now treating the weed and they cannot be held responsible that the weed has entered my land. Would it be wise to engage a solicitor to try and get some compensation for this and if so are they likely to settle out of court? I really do not want to lose lots of money as i do not have much, if anyone could help i would be grateful.
I am not doing this for the money, but surely due to the misery they have caused their is some legal recourse. Have they declined my compensation request in the hope i do not pursue this further do you think?
Thank you so much for reading my post. Hope to hear from someone soon.