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Bromley MP Bob Neill makes stand against notorious Waste4Fuel recycling site
BOB Neill is upping the pressure on notorious recycling plant Waste4Fuel as concerns grow that the Environment Agency is struggling to control operations at the site.
The agency recently took legal action against the owners of the Cornwall Drive site in the High Court, securing a number of interim undertakings such as firebreaks in the waste.
However, with the latest Compliance Assessment Report stating "the levels of the waste remain high with no obvious signs of reducing", concerns have grown the agency is failing to deal with offences that contravene its own enforcement notices.
During parliamentary questions last Thursday (October 10) Bromley and Chislehurst MP Bob Neill called on new environment minister Dan Rogerson to review how thoroughly the agency is regulating activities at the plant.
Mr Rogerson has now agreed to meet with the two local MPs and with Cray Valley West councillors to discuss the case in more detail.
Mr Neill said: "This waste site continues to have a serious impact on the lives of Cray residents, on nearby schools and on local businesses.
"I am concerned the Environment Agency is dragging its feet and failing to get a grip of operations at this site, which leaves everyone else with a growing pile of smelly and unsightly waste.
"I look forward to discussing this case in more detail with the new environment minister.
"In particular, I will be requesting that his department conduct on-site toxicity testing, to ensure that residents are not at immediate risk from the residual stockpile."
Orpington MP Jo Johnson said: "I have said from the start the site has become a dangerous hazard to the local community and despite having previously raised this matter with the Environment Agency, I am disappointed to see that Waste4Fuel are still failing to abide by the terms of the lease."
An Environment Agency spokesman said: "We have escalated our regulatory response following a number of incidents at the site and the Waste4Fuel operator's failure to reduce the amount of combustible waste on the premises, despite our repeated instructions to do so.
"In response to this lack of action by the operator, we have obtained an interim High Court Order aimed at reducing the fire risk on site."
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