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Orpington MP Jo Johnson urges swift action over 'unacceptable' Waste4Fuel fires

PUBLISHED: 09:49 27 November 2013 | UPDATED: 09:49 27 November 2013

Waste4Fuel, in Cornwall Drive, has seen 11 fires in the past eight months.

Waste4Fuel, in Cornwall Drive, has seen 11 fires in the past eight months.

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A ninth fire at an Orpington recycling plant has been described as an "incessant headache" by Orpington MP Jo Johnson, who is urging swift action from the Environment Agency.

The blaze at the Waste4Fuel site, in Cornwall Drive, broke out yesterday and rekindled this morning - with 21 firefighters battling to put out the flames in a 5,000 tonne pile of rubbish.

It is the ninth fire there since mid-March, prompting the High Court to impose an order that compels the company, headed by director Bryan Hughes, to clear the site of all combustible waste by April.

Mr Johnson says the situation is “unacceptable”. He added: “I urge the Environment Agency to redouble its efforts and put an end to this incessant headache for the local community.

“It is essential that it concludes without delay its research into whether any of the waste is hazardous so as to reassure residents they and their families are safe.

“I welcome the High Court Order against Waste4Fuel Ltd and its director, Bryan Hughes, requiring the removal of all combustible waste by May 1, 2014, and I will continue to work closely with the Environment A to ensure he complies immediately and in full.”

Last month, Bromley and Chislehurst MP Bob Neill accused the Environment Agency of “dragging its feet” and “failing to get a grip of operations” at Waste4Fuel.

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