The Orpington site where a huge stockpile of waste has been abandoned has caught fire for the second time in two days and the director of the company which operates the facility has resigned.
Six fire engines and some 35 firefighters and officers from the London Fire Brigade were sent to the Waste4Fuel facility this morning at around 6.45am. The fire was put under control two hours later.
Crews remains at the site damping down pockets of fire.
Local resident Martin Peaple told MRW that heavy smoke emanated from the site and had a “rancid” smell.
Another fire developed at the facility on 17 September, with three fire engines sent to tackle it.
The fires are the latest in a long series of incidents that have occurred at the facility in the past three years as the waste pile at the site has accumulated. Environment Agency (EA) contractors have been working at the site since early August. They have removed around 1,700 tonnes of waste to give the London Fire Brigade better access to the site.
In July, the EA declared the site ‘abandoned’. It has since revoked Waste4Fuel’s permit.
The only director left at Waste4Fuel, Shelley Hurst, resigned on 5 September, documents filed at Companies House have revealed.
A spokesperson for the EA said: “Our legal team are considering the implications of Shelley Hurst’s application to resign as a director of Waste4Fuel. Our focus remains on reducing the waste pile at the site, and we are committed to working with our partners including the London Borough of Bromley to find a long-term solution.”