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Agency wins court order after fires at site

The Environment Agency (EA) has won a High Court order requiring a London firm to clear its site of combustible waste after a series of fires.

The EA has warned that Waste4Fuel, and its director Bryan Hughes, will be held in contempt of court if they fail to move the material from the site at St Pauls’ Cray, Orpington by April 2014.

A suspension notice was served earlier this year after residents and local MP Jo Johnson objected to smoke nuisance from the site.

The deadline was arrived at following negotiation between Hughes and the agency, which said the end of April 2014 was the earliest achievable date.

Under the court order, the volume of waste allowed to enter the site is reduced and a 24-hour presence required reducing the risk of fire.

Agency environment manager Rob Wise said: “There is a lot of waste on site at Waste4Fuel, and this will require time to clear which has led to us agreeing to the end of April deadline.

“Our High Court action increases the penalty for not clearing the waste from site and places the responsibility not only on the company but Mr Hughes. The consequences are now severe if he does not comply with the High Court order.”

The suspension notice was served in April, when the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority served a separate notice requiring improvements.

Johnson said at the time: “The Waste4Fuel site has become a dangerous hazard to the local community and it is high time that it faced robust enforcement action.” 

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