James Brokenshire has pressed the Environment Agency to speed up work to clear the Waste 4 Fuel Site after several fires in the last week.
The Environment Agency has taken steps to remove some of the rubbish pile and to improve site safety and stability by depositing stone and gravel, but a plan to remove all of the waste has yet to be agreed. The London Fire Brigade have been forced to attend the waste transfer site on several occasions over the last week following a number of fires and smoke billowing over the A20 towards Foots Cray and Sidcup.
The Environment Agency has been forced to step in and take action directly after Waste 4 Fuel – the licensed operators – abandoned the site with more than 15,000 tonnes of rubbish still to be cleared. James Brokenshire has contacted the EA’s Chief Executive underlining the urgent need for the whole site to be cleared as a matter of priority.
Commenting James Brokenshire said:
“The Environment Agency needs to finalise plans to remove all of the waste from this site as soon as possible. Although steps have been taken to reduce some of the rubbish mountain and improve site safety, the events of the last week underline that this just isn’t enough. Unless the site is cleared there will be an ongoing risk of fires with all of the smoke, disruption and environmental impact this continues to cause.”