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Orpington MP Jo Johnson makes surprise visit to Waste4Fuel site

PUBLISHED: 14:07 27 January 2014 | UPDATED: 14:07 27 January 2014

Jo Johnson at the Waste4Fuel site with officers from the Environment Agency.

Jo Johnson at the Waste4Fuel site with officers from the Environment Agency.

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Orpington MP Jo Johnson made a surprise visit to the Waste4Fuel site on Friday, the day after yet another fire.

The site, in Cornwall Drive, has seen at least 10 fires in the past 12 months and has led residents to complain of putrid smells and air pollution.

Mr Johnson was joined by officers from the Environment Agency for his visit.

He said: “It is an intolerable situation and I share the frustration of Crays’ residents who have had to put up with this unbearable stench for far too long.

“I was able to discuss the situation with the Environment Agency and the site manager, relaying to both the concerns I have about the failure of this company to comply with a clear order from the High Court.”

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

Mr Johnson added: “Waste4Fuel have not made satisfactory progress towards compliance with the High Court Order to remove all combustible waste from the site by 1 May 2014 and must pay urgent attention to the damaging impact that this site is having on the local community.”

Waste4Fuel have been contacted, but are yet to respond.

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