Fires at Waste4fuel recycling plant, St Paul's Cray, have cost taxpayer over half a million pounds

News Shopper: A fire engine at the Waste4Fuel recycling site. A fire engine at the Waste4Fuel recycling site.

REPEATED 999 call outs to the notorious Waste4Fuel recycling plant in St Paul's Cray have cost the taxpayer over half a million pounds.

Since December 3 2011 the London Fire Brigade has sent over 550 fire engines to 11 fires at the Cornwall Drive site - with ten of the fires coming in the last nine months.

This represents over 1,958 working hours and more than £560,000 in time and firefighting resources.

In a bid to reduce the impact on London's tax payers, the brigade has now written to the Environment Agency urging them to intervene.

In November the Environment Agency successfully obtained a High Court injunction against Waste4Fuel Ltd, requiring the company to remove all combustible waste from the site by May 1.

But despite this fire chiefs are concerned, unless the Environment Agency closely monitors the site, the current level of fires will continue.

Chairman of London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority James Cleverly said: "Not only are these fires a significant drain on the brigade’s time and resources and a huge waste of taxpayers money, they are also causing considerable disruption to people living, working and studying in the area.

"The very nature of the materials stored at recycling centres like this one also means that if there is a fire it can often spread rapidly and unpredictably, increasing the risk to firefighters."

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12:10pm Mon 23 Dec 13

white rabbit9 says...

Half a million? crap..............Da
vid cameron could of brought a new house.
Half a million? crap..............Da vid cameron could of brought a new house. white rabbit9

12:43pm Mon 23 Dec 13

danm5577 says...

New it would be roughly this amount.
W4F should pay this but equilly to blame is the enviroment agency and Bromley council, they too should pay!
Yet its still open, still very high piles of junk clearly visable when entering London.
The only good thing is that with all this rain there won't be a fire very soon.
New it would be roughly this amount. W4F should pay this but equilly to blame is the enviroment agency and Bromley council, they too should pay! Yet its still open, still very high piles of junk clearly visable when entering London. The only good thing is that with all this rain there won't be a fire very soon. danm5577

12:47pm Mon 23 Dec 13

madras says...

Pass the bill to the company - they can try to claim off their liability insurance
Pass the bill to the company - they can try to claim off their liability insurance madras

1:08pm Mon 23 Dec 13

paulbexleyheath says...

madras wrote:
Pass the bill to the company - they can try to claim off their liability insurance
if they dont wanna take up the bill. then shut the place down.
[quote][p][bold]madras[/bold] wrote: Pass the bill to the company - they can try to claim off their liability insurance[/p][/quote]if they dont wanna take up the bill. then shut the place down. paulbexleyheath

2:32pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Biffo. says...

danm5577 wrote:
New it would be roughly this amount.
W4F should pay this but equilly to blame is the enviroment agency and Bromley council, they too should pay!
Yet its still open, still very high piles of junk clearly visable when entering London.
The only good thing is that with all this rain there won't be a fire very soon.
Fail !!

First word.......knew not new.

If your coming on the Shopper giving it the big one, FFS get your English 'write'. ( See what I mean now.)

Here endeth todays English lesson, you're dismissed now.
[quote][p][bold]danm5577[/bold] wrote: New it would be roughly this amount. W4F should pay this but equilly to blame is the enviroment agency and Bromley council, they too should pay! Yet its still open, still very high piles of junk clearly visable when entering London. The only good thing is that with all this rain there won't be a fire very soon.[/p][/quote]Fail !! First word.......knew not new. If your coming on the Shopper giving it the big one, FFS get your English 'write'. ( See what I mean now.) Here endeth todays English lesson, you're dismissed now. Biffo.

2:47pm Mon 23 Dec 13

The Fozziest of Bears says...

Let's make sure we get our half a million pounds worth of value by voting OUT the relevant MP and councillors.

What an absolute waste of time they are !

Too busy with their Westminster expense claims and Bromley Council bureaucracy to deal with the issues directly affecting the people they represent.
Let's make sure we get our half a million pounds worth of value by voting OUT the relevant MP and councillors. What an absolute waste of time they are ! Too busy with their Westminster expense claims and Bromley Council bureaucracy to deal with the issues directly affecting the people they represent. The Fozziest of Bears

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