UPDATE: Orpington rubbish mountain set for removal after completion of land deal
PUBLISHED: 16:17 19 September 2016 | UPDATED: 10:39 21 September 2016
Councillor hails 'red letter day' for the worst-affected residents
Residents have welcomed the arrival of a land deal that will finally consign the 18,000-tonne rubbish mountain in Orpington to the dustbin of history.
Clearance of the Waste4Fuel site on Cornwall Drive near the A20 Sidcup bypass will get underway shortly following the completion of the agreement between the Environment Agency and the former landowner.
Several weeks of careful logistical planning by the council’s waste contractor, Veolia, will now take place to determine how best to remove the waste.
Jean Gammons, secretary of North Cray Residents’ Association, said: “We are absolutely delighted that something is being done.
“Some of our members have been affected by the smell and we have all been affected by the traffic.
“There were constant fires, and most times when there was a fire roads were blocked by the fire engines and you couldn’t get through.
“It has caused a lot of upset, with people being late for work and for appointments.
“Hopefully when that mountain has gone something green will take its place for people to enjoy.”
Councillor Colin Smith, deputy leader for Bromley Council, said: “The council is absolutely delighted to have achieved this result and to now be able to deliver on our long-standing promise to local residents.
“This is truly a red letter day for those worst affected and I am thrilled for them all.
“There have been many twists and turns, disappointments and bumps along the way, but we have remained resolutely focussed throughout and for the first time are now in the position to be able to tackle the task which has caused so much unhappiness for so long, namely removing this disgusting blot from the Cray landscape forever.
“We will shortly be writing to those most immediately affected by the impending works to keep them informed as to key operational dates and other possible issues of local interest as the project develops.”
The total cost of both purchasing the land and clearing the rubbish mound is estimated to be £2.7 million, with the Environment Agency securing much of the funding and the council contributing £300,000.
Environment Agency chief executive Sir James Bevan said: “Our Environment Agency team have been working for years to resolve this issue. I visited the site and saw for myself the misery this has caused for local residents.
“It will be welcome news to them that these complicated negotiations have finally come to a satisfactory conclusion. We will support London Borough of Bromley to get the site cleared as soon as possible.”