James Brokenshire has welcomed the beginning of the clearance of the Waste4Fuel site near the Crittalls Corner Roundabout. Having been abandoned by its operators more than two years ago, Environment Agency contractors are now removing the 18,000 tonnes which were dumped there.
After over three years of campaigning, numerous discussions with the Environment Agency, the Waste Minister and the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, James along with fellow local MPs Bob Neil and Jo Johnson welcomed the news that DEFRA had made £2.4million of funding available to the Environment Agency for the clearance last year. However, legal difficulties in Bromley Council securing ownership of the land delayed the commencement of the waste removal.
Contractors Veolia loaded and despatched the first truck, with approximately 15 tonnes of waste aboard, earlier this week, with the clean-up operation expected to take approximately 20 weeks in total. During that time, the waste operatives working on the site will spray the pile with deodorant and water in order to prevent the outbreak of any new fires. The London Fire Brigade also remain on hand and will continue to monitor the site throughout the clearance.
Commenting following the news of the departure of the first truck, James said:
“The mound of rubbish at the Waste4Fuel site has, for far too long, been an eyesore and a nuisance to local residents and businesses. Whilst it has taken far longer than expected to conclusively resolve this problem, I am pleased that we are now finally on the home straight and hope that the site will soon be transformed into an extension of the adjacent Ruxley Lakes Site of Special Scientific Interest.”
“Going forward, we need to look with the Government at what changes might be necessary in order to ensure that unscrupulous operators such as those at Waste4Fuel are not able to get away with this kind of thing again elsewhere.”