Waste4Fuel site catches fire - again

PUBLISHED: 10:20 24 February 2014 | UPDATED: 13:49 24 February 2014

A fire has again hit the notorious Waste4Fuel recycling plant in St Paul’s Cray, Orpington overnight.

The blaze was tackled by firefighters who were at the scene since 3.28am on Monday morning.

In the last 14 months there have now been 15 fire-related incidents recorded at the Cornwall Drive site, leading to calls from residents for action to be taken against Waste4Fuel.

Just last month, Orpington MP Jo Johnson said Waste4Fuel had “not made satisfactory progress” towards compliance with a High Court order obtained in November to clear the site of combustible waste.

The company has until May 1 to remove the waste.

The Environment Agency said two of its officers were at the site and had advised the London Fire Brigade.

The fire was reported to be under control at 9.48am.

“This latest fire is just another in a long line of incidents at the Waste4Fuel site which cause distress and inconvenience to local people and puts an ongoing drain on Fire Brigade resources.

James Cleverly, local assembly member and chairman of the London fire & emergency planning, said: “It is clear that even after last year’s High Court ruling the problems at the site remain.”

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