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Waste4Fuel Recycling Plant fined £8,960 for keeping stack of flammable material with permission

PUBLISHED: 11:11 28 February 2014 | UPDATED: 11:11 28 February 2014

Waste Fuel site in Cornwall Drive

Waste Fuel site in Cornwall Drive

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The Waste4Fuel recycling centre has been fined the maximum amount possible after it was prosecuted by London Fire Brigade (LFB) for "stacking flammable materials" 12 times in excess of the legal limit.

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The LFB has been called to the Cornwall Drive plant 15 times since January 1 2013 to tackle fires caused by tonnes of rubbish catching alight. The latest fire was on Monday (24).

Waste4Fuel, already subject of a High Court injunction from November requiring it to remove all combustible waste by May, pleaded guilty on Thursday at Bromley Magistrates’ Court to keeping a stack of flammable material without the permission of the fire authority.

It was fined the maximum of £1,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,860 plus a £100 victim surcharge - a total of £8,960.

Last year, on March 18, there was a fire in a waste stack at the site - the stack was estimated to contain around 6,000 tonnes of material.

Fire safety inspecting officers from the Brigade visited the site after the fire and formally notified the owners the waste stack was so large they would need consent for it.

The company applied to LFB for permission but this was refused on the grounds that the size of the stack posed a high fire risk and its size would make firefighting difficult.

Despite warnings from the LFB the size of the waste stack was not being reduced, a survey was carried out to establish its size.

The Waste 4 Fuel site was found to be 573,475 cubic feet - around 12 times more than the legal limit 48,000 cubic feet. .

Following the successful prosecution on Thursday, LFB’s deputy head of fire safety regulation, Mark Andrews, said: “While we welcome this conviction we are fully aware that there has been a history of problems at the Waste4Fuel site on Cornwall Drive, with firefighters being called out to attend 12 incidents there in the last year alone.

“This causes considerable distress and disruption to people in the area, as well as placing an on-going drain on our resources, and we are continuing to work with the Environment Agency to resolve the problem once and for all.”

The Bromley Times contacted Waste4Fuel, but it is yet to respond.

Do you live in Cornwall Drive? What is your reaction to the fine? Please call 0208 477 3825 or email harry.kemble@archant.co.uk.

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