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Bromley MP Bob Neill calls for review into Environmental Agency's control over 'unsightly' Waste4Fuel site

PUBLISHED: 13:05 10 October 2013 | UPDATED: 13:05 10 October 2013

Bob Neill (far right) with London Assembly member James Cleverly and local councillors John Ince, Judith Ellis and Harry Stranger at the Waste4Fuel site.

Bob Neill (far right) with London Assembly member James Cleverly and local councillors John Ince, Judith Ellis and Harry Stranger at the Waste4Fuel site.

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Bromley and Chislehurst MP Bob Neill has today called for the new Environment Minister to review the Environment Agency's regulatory activity at the "unsightly" Waste4Fuel site, in Orpington.

It follows countless fires over recent months at the site, in Cornwall Drive, and the growing concern that the Environment Agency (EA) is incapable of controlling operations at this site.

They recently took legal action in the High Court to secure a number of provisions, including firebreaks in the waste. However, Waste4Fuel has so far failed to comply with the court order deadlines.

Dan Rogerson, Environment Minister, said he was aware of the situation and invited Mr Neill to discuss the site further.

Speaking after Defra Oral Questions this morning, the local MP said he will be requesting on-site toxicity tests to determine whether residents are at risk.

He added: “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 that 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.”

Orpington MP Jo Johnson has been vocal in condemnation of the site previously, and has supported Mr Neill’s call for a review.

He said: ““I have said from the start that 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.

“I will continue to press for the necessary action to be taken to ensure that the site no longer poses a danger to local residents.”

Residents have been blighted by the site for almost a year, according to cllr John Ince. He says the pile of rubbish at Waste4Fuel had grown to “unmanageable” proportions at the end of last year, and it took a major fire for the Environment Agency to “register any concern at all”.

He said: “This pile has been only minimally reduced since then despite agreements between the Environment Agency and the operators to reduce the waste on site to nil.”

Waste4Fuel have been contacted for comment.

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