Waste4Fuel have been given 28 days in order to prepare their case against action brought by the Environment Agency, arising from contempt of court proceedings that progress in clearing the site has not been satisfactory.
The former director of the site appeared at a committal hearing at the High Court during which the names of the new company director, Shelley Hurst and site manager, Jonathan Beckson were added to the original High Court order, ordering the site to be cleared of all combustible waste by 1 May 2014.
A further hearing will consider whether there has been a contempt of court as a result of the site not being cleared in accordance with a previous High Court Order.
Commenting James Brokenshire said: “I remain deeply concerned by the continuing situation at Waste4Fuel and the complaints from residents about the impact of smoke and smell. It is important that the waste pile is reduced in accordance with the previous Court Order and I welcome the tough stance now being taken by the Environment Agency.”
“It isn’t good enough that local residents should have to put up with this. I hope this latest action will help address these serious issues and help bring the site back under control.”