Waste4Fuel recycling plant: A timeline of the last two years

The Waste4Fuel recycling plant in St Paul's Cray.

The Waste4Fuel recycling plant in St Paul's Cray.

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December 3 2011: The site is on fire for three days causing nearby Sevenoaks Way to be closed.

March 18 2013: Another fire breaks out, this time lasting eight days and becoming the longest fire in Bromley's history.

April 10: Two weeks later the recycling plant is ablaze again.

April 18: Environment Agency serves Waste4Fuel Ltd with a suspension notice, giving it until July 15 to clear the St Paul's Cray site of all combustible waste.

April 22: Fire services are called as, for the third time in three weeks, the Waste4Fuel site is burning.

May 4: Residents in Cornwall Drive lose patience as fire services return to deal with another fire.

May 5: A day later and the site is on fire again.

June 27: Another blaze breaks out.

July 16: With the site still not cleared, a seventh fire in four months breaks out.

August 29: A court order successfully applied for by Environment Agency after hearing at High Court. Waste4Fuel Ltd agree to carry out work which includes the provision of two firebreaks by September 7 and 30 respectively.

September 3: Despite this, within days another fire has broken out at the St Paul's Cray plant.

October 10: During parliamentary questions Bromley and Chislehurst MP Bob Neill calls on new environment minister Dan Rogerson to review how thoroughly the Environment Agency is regulating activities at the plant.

November 8: Environment Agency successfully obtains a High Court injunction against Waste4Fuel Ltd, requiring the company to remove all combustible waste from the site by May 1 2014.

November 26: Orpington MP Jo Johnson urges fast action over the plant as firefighters tackle another fire which burns for two days.

December 6: After fire number ten an accident leads to gallons of water leaking from a hose, nearly flooding the houses of nearby Cornwall Drive.

Click here to read views of residents, officials, MPs and News Shopper editor Andy Parkes.

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9:31pm Sat 25 Jan 14

tedbaker says...

stink stink stink lets move the dump to central chislehurst or farnbourgh park soon be closed down M.P live in the area
stink stink stink lets move the dump to central chislehurst or farnbourgh park soon be closed down M.P live in the area tedbaker
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