PICTURED: Leaking hose used at St Paul's Cray recycling plant fire nearly floods residents' houses

News Shopper: Maxine O'Connor outside her home in Sevenoaks Way. Maxine O'Connor outside her home in Sevenoaks Way.

SINCE March countless fires have plagued residents living near a recycling plant in St Paul's Cray, but over the weekend they found themselves contending with another element altogether.

As fire engines tackled yet another blaze at the notorious Waste4Fuel site in Cornwall Drive, an accident led to gallons of water leaking from one of their hoses.

The water raced towards Sevenoaks Way, leaving locals desperately trying to prevent their houses from being flooded.

Maxine O'Connor, 67, of Sevenoaks Way said: "It happened at around one o'clock on Saturday.

"I was told a van had driven onto the kerb and split the fire hose.

"My neighbour says she saw a gush of water fly up in the air.

"Next thing I knew the water was running down my drive towards the house.

"The fire guys were really upset about it. They were trying to chuck the water out into the road.

"They got brooms and they were trying to sweep out a lot of the water. I got my own broom and tried of help.

"We have got drainage at the front of the house and air bricks to protect the house but if we didn't we would have had a foot of water in our house."

News Shopper:

The 67-year-old says the repeated problems at the Waste4Fuel site are making the lives of her and her neighbours a misery.

She added: "The fire guys were doing a job, they couldn't help it, and the guy driving the van probably didn't realise the hose was on the pavement."

"But this is getting to be a joke with all this fire business at that recycling plant.

"It's now becoming a weekly thing with these fires and it feels like nothing is ever going to be done about it.

"We are the innocent parties in all of this and we get the brunt of what happens.

"It has got so bad. That place is not a recycling plant, that place is an absolute dump."

Waste4Fuel appeared at the High Court last month, where an order was imposed, compelling the company and director Bryan Hughes to clear the site of all combustible waste by April.

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2:57pm Tue 10 Dec 13

molsey says...

Discontinuance Orders
Section 102 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 enables a local planning
authority to make an order requiring that any use of land shall be discontinued, or
continued subject to conditions (s102(1)(a)), or that any buildings or works shall be
altered or removed (s102(1)(b)). An order may also grant planning permission for
development subject to conditions specified in the order.
An order under s102 can be made if the local planning authority is satisfied that it is
appropriate in the interests of the proper planning of the area (including the
interests of amenity and any present or future detriment to amenity). The decision
to make a discontinuance order must take account of the development plan and
other material considerations.
Discontinuance orders are made to deal with the use to which land is being put.
An order can discontinue any existing use of land (whether lawful or unlawful) or,
alternatively, can impose conditions on the continuance of a use of land. It may
also require any buildings or works to be altered or removed.
A claim for compensation may be made to the local planning authority under s115
of the Act if it is shown that a person having an interest in the land has suffered
damage in consequence of the order. Other persons may be entitled to
compensation in respect of disturbance in their enjoyment of the land or for
carrying out works in compliance with the order.
Unlike unopposed revocation and modification orders, discontinuance orders need
to be confirmed by the Secretary of State. He has power to modify the submitted
order, including power to grant planning permission or to modify the order’s grant
of planning permission. Before confirming an order, the Secretary of State must
provide an opportunity to be heard to any person on whom the order has been
served.
Discontinuance Orders Section 102 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 enables a local planning authority to make an order requiring that any use of land shall be discontinued, or continued subject to conditions (s102(1)(a)), or that any buildings or works shall be altered or removed (s102(1)(b)). An order may also grant planning permission for development subject to conditions specified in the order. An order under s102 can be made if the local planning authority is satisfied that it is appropriate in the interests of the proper planning of the area (including the interests of amenity and any present or future detriment to amenity). The decision to make a discontinuance order must take account of the development plan and other material considerations. Discontinuance orders are made to deal with the use to which land is being put. An order can discontinue any existing use of land (whether lawful or unlawful) or, alternatively, can impose conditions on the continuance of a use of land. It may also require any buildings or works to be altered or removed. A claim for compensation may be made to the local planning authority under s115 of the Act if it is shown that a person having an interest in the land has suffered damage in consequence of the order. Other persons may be entitled to compensation in respect of disturbance in their enjoyment of the land or for carrying out works in compliance with the order. Unlike unopposed revocation and modification orders, discontinuance orders need to be confirmed by the Secretary of State. He has power to modify the submitted order, including power to grant planning permission or to modify the order’s grant of planning permission. Before confirming an order, the Secretary of State must provide an opportunity to be heard to any person on whom the order has been served. molsey

3:11pm Tue 10 Dec 13

The Fozziest of Bears says...

Don't worry your (CURRENT) local councillor and (CURRENT) MP are probably sorting it out over lunch somewhere !

Just make sure that if nobody at W4F loses their job over this, that our relevant elected representatives are not given another term in office.
Don't worry your (CURRENT) local councillor and (CURRENT) MP are probably sorting it out over lunch somewhere ! Just make sure that if nobody at W4F loses their job over this, that our relevant elected representatives are not given another term in office. The Fozziest of Bears

12:33pm Wed 11 Dec 13

LeftisRight says...

The Fozziest of Bears wrote:
Don't worry your (CURRENT) local councillor and (CURRENT) MP are probably sorting it out over lunch somewhere !

Just make sure that if nobody at W4F loses their job over this, that our relevant elected representatives are not given another term in office.
I think regardless of whether they sort it out or not they should not be re elected. They have a poor record on this so far. Who can we replace them with though? Certainly not the lecturing, middle aged, rotund Chris who I had the (dis)pleasure of having on my doorstep a few weeks back!
[quote][p][bold]The Fozziest of Bears[/bold] wrote: Don't worry your (CURRENT) local councillor and (CURRENT) MP are probably sorting it out over lunch somewhere ! Just make sure that if nobody at W4F loses their job over this, that our relevant elected representatives are not given another term in office.[/p][/quote]I think regardless of whether they sort it out or not they should not be re elected. They have a poor record on this so far. Who can we replace them with though? Certainly not the lecturing, middle aged, rotund Chris who I had the (dis)pleasure of having on my doorstep a few weeks back! LeftisRight

8:54pm Wed 11 Dec 13

applause says...

We feel for the residents adjoining this tip. It must be so worrying for you and also a health risk. The stress must be killing you.

Its also a nuisance to road users, including pedetrian, particularly the kids from the school over the road. Sevenoaks way is the route for many going to work or school or hospital. The countless time I've been late, but its also distressing as I'm such an empathic person, I feel so much for the residents there.
We feel for the residents adjoining this tip. It must be so worrying for you and also a health risk. The stress must be killing you. Its also a nuisance to road users, including pedetrian, particularly the kids from the school over the road. Sevenoaks way is the route for many going to work or school or hospital. The countless time I've been late, but its also distressing as I'm such an empathic person, I feel so much for the residents there. applause

12:57pm Thu 12 Dec 13

stevenclaire says...

Where is the Health and Safety brigade when you need them?

There must be some sort of legal redress for the residents in this situation, there homes and lives are under threat all of the time!
Where is the Health and Safety brigade when you need them? There must be some sort of legal redress for the residents in this situation, there homes and lives are under threat all of the time! stevenclaire

4:07pm Thu 12 Dec 13

molsey says...

stevenclaire wrote:
Where is the Health and Safety brigade when you need them?

There must be some sort of legal redress for the residents in this situation, there homes and lives are under threat all of the time!
There is, but Bromley Council don't care enough to perform their duties.

Discontinuance Orders
Section 102 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 enables a local planning
authority to make an order requiring that any use of land shall be discontinued, or
continued subject to conditions (s102(1)(a)), or that any buildings or works shall be
altered or removed (s102(1)(b)). An order may also grant planning permission for
development subject to conditions specified in the order.
An order under s102 can be made if the local planning authority is satisfied that it is
appropriate in the interests of the proper planning of the area (including the
interests of amenity and any present or future detriment to amenity). The decision
to make a discontinuance order must take account of the development plan and
other material considerations.
Discontinuance orders are made to deal with the use to which land is being put.
An order can discontinue any existing use of land (whether lawful or unlawful) or,
alternatively, can impose conditions on the continuance of a use of land. It may
also require any buildings or works to be altered or removed.
A claim for compensation may be made to the local planning authority under s115
of the Act if it is shown that a person having an interest in the land has suffered
damage in consequence of the order. Other persons may be entitled to
compensation in respect of disturbance in their enjoyment of the land or for
carrying out works in compliance with the order.
Unlike unopposed revocation and modification orders, discontinuance orders need
to be confirmed by the Secretary of State. He has power to modify the submitted
order, including power to grant planning permission or to modify the order’s grant
of planning permission. Before confirming an order, the Secretary of State must
provide an opportunity to be heard to any person on whom the order has been
served.
[quote][p][bold]stevenclaire[/bold] wrote: Where is the Health and Safety brigade when you need them? There must be some sort of legal redress for the residents in this situation, there homes and lives are under threat all of the time![/p][/quote]There is, but Bromley Council don't care enough to perform their duties. Discontinuance Orders Section 102 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 enables a local planning authority to make an order requiring that any use of land shall be discontinued, or continued subject to conditions (s102(1)(a)), or that any buildings or works shall be altered or removed (s102(1)(b)). An order may also grant planning permission for development subject to conditions specified in the order. An order under s102 can be made if the local planning authority is satisfied that it is appropriate in the interests of the proper planning of the area (including the interests of amenity and any present or future detriment to amenity). The decision to make a discontinuance order must take account of the development plan and other material considerations. Discontinuance orders are made to deal with the use to which land is being put. An order can discontinue any existing use of land (whether lawful or unlawful) or, alternatively, can impose conditions on the continuance of a use of land. It may also require any buildings or works to be altered or removed. A claim for compensation may be made to the local planning authority under s115 of the Act if it is shown that a person having an interest in the land has suffered damage in consequence of the order. Other persons may be entitled to compensation in respect of disturbance in their enjoyment of the land or for carrying out works in compliance with the order. Unlike unopposed revocation and modification orders, discontinuance orders need to be confirmed by the Secretary of State. He has power to modify the submitted order, including power to grant planning permission or to modify the order’s grant of planning permission. Before confirming an order, the Secretary of State must provide an opportunity to be heard to any person on whom the order has been served. molsey

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