A London council is seeking a court injunction over the alleged dumping of waste on Green Belt land by a company which two months ago was prosecuted about 12 fires in a year at its site.
Officials at the London borough of Bromley say materials reaching more than one metre high had spilled over the boundaries of Waste4Fuel’s site in Orpington and onto Green Belt land without planning permission.
Cllr Alexa Michael, chairman of planning sub-committee said: “We are committed to protecting important Green Belt land from illegal fly tipping and will take legal action against those that that commit these offences.
“The EA is the licensing authority for the waste transfer site itself and while there have been ongoing issues here, we are determined to halt further unauthorised expansion on to adjoining land, restoring it to its original appearance at the cost of the land owner and will not tolerate dumping.”
Legal action has been taken by the Environment Agency (EA) on the Waste 4 Fuel site itself. This resulted in a High Court order for the company and former director Bryan Hughes to clear the site of all combustible waste by 1 May 2014.
On 28 March the High Court gave Waste4Fuel 28 days to prepare for a hearing. New company director Shelley Hurst and site manager Jonathan Beckson were added to the original court order to clear the combustible waste.
Since then EA officers have been visiting the site daily to monitor compliance with the court order.
In February, the company was prosecuted by the London Fire Brigade and ordered pay around £9,000 after crews were called to 12 fires within a year at its site.
When MRW sought a response, Waste4Fuel’s advertised phone line appeared not to be functioning. Its website states: “from multi-million pound construction sites to individual householders, we provide a complete waste4fuel disposal service”.