Waste4Fuel company director speaks after High Court ruling

The Waste4Fuel site in Cornwall Drive

The Waste4Fuel site in Cornwall Drive

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The company director of Waste4Fuel has spoken about the situation following yesterday's High Court ruling.

The EA was seeking contempt charges against the recycling company, former company director Bryan Hughes, new company director Shelley Hurst and site manager Jonathan Beckson, but the case was dismissed.

Shelley Hurst said: "I fully understand and appreciate the concerns of the local residents.

"Since taking control of the business on the May 9 2014, I have done my utmost to ensure that the company can continue to operate and begin to make disposals from the site.

"Following a number of machinery issues and a fire, we had finally got to a stage were we were able to begin making disposals but without a cash injection, or agreement from the Environment Agency to allow the company to generate further income, we simply cannot afford to make substantial disposals.

"The company is in a very fragile position financially, and the legal fees incurred by the company as a result of the court proceedings have drained the company resources. This money could have been put to better use by making disposals from the site.

"Two separate offers to clear the site were put forward to the Environment Agency during the course of the court proceedings, and both were rejected.

"With the restrictions in place as a result of the Final Order, it is unclear at present how long the company can continue to operate.

"I had hoped that the Environment Agency would assist the company with its plans to clear the site, but this has not been possible."

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2:07pm Wed 2 Jul 14

reasonable75 says...

" without a cash injection, or agreement from the Environment Agency to allow the company to generate further income, we simply cannot afford to make substantial disposals."

So unless they're allowed to take more rubbish to generate income they can't get rid of what's already there
" without a cash injection, or agreement from the Environment Agency to allow the company to generate further income, we simply cannot afford to make substantial disposals." So unless they're allowed to take more rubbish to generate income they can't get rid of what's already there reasonable75
  • Score: 15

2:16pm Wed 2 Jul 14

dmitri says...

I am astonished that the High Court dismissed the Environment Agency's case. This business is a disgrace. I'm sorry, Ms Hurst, but you've had plenty of opportunity to take appropriate action and have failed to do so,
I am astonished that the High Court dismissed the Environment Agency's case. This business is a disgrace. I'm sorry, Ms Hurst, but you've had plenty of opportunity to take appropriate action and have failed to do so, dmitri
  • Score: 26

4:28pm Wed 2 Jul 14

The Fozziest of Bears says...

So there you have it - as we knew all along, the tax payer and rate payer is going to have to fork out to put this matter right.

Now have a guess who will own/run the company that gets the contract to clean up - some fat cat palm-greaser or councillor's friend or MP's neighbour or other such fix I reckon.

The whole thing stinks and the whole thing stinks of corruption.
So there you have it - as we knew all along, the tax payer and rate payer is going to have to fork out to put this matter right. Now have a guess who will own/run the company that gets the contract to clean up - some fat cat palm-greaser or councillor's friend or MP's neighbour or other such fix I reckon. The whole thing stinks and the whole thing stinks of corruption. The Fozziest of Bears
  • Score: 18

10:39pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Gypo.Joe says...

I heard down the lodge the brahn envelopes will be handed out at Great Queen Street tomorrow evening.

ThaNK yOU
I heard down the lodge the brahn envelopes will be handed out at Great Queen Street tomorrow evening. ThaNK yOU Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 10

10:35am Thu 3 Jul 14

flea_in_ear says...

A cash injection is a waste of money. Then another cash injection will be needed.

Closing down the site and clearing at public expense would be far preferable, albeit more expensive.

It does beg the question as to why Ms Hurst took on the company at all, bearing in mind what was already very clearly happening.

As for the Judge, put him in a garage at one of the properties tonight. It is very to be very hot.
A cash injection is a waste of money. Then another cash injection will be needed. Closing down the site and clearing at public expense would be far preferable, albeit more expensive. It does beg the question as to why Ms Hurst took on the company at all, bearing in mind what was already very clearly happening. As for the Judge, put him in a garage at one of the properties tonight. It is very to be very hot. flea_in_ear
  • Score: 4

10:56am Thu 3 Jul 14

flea_in_ear says...

Come on News Shopper, stand up for your residents. Instead of posting pictures of the heap and the Environment Agency, how about pictures of Bryan Hughes, Shelley Hurst and site manager Jonathan Beckson? How about the Judge?

The Daily Mail which receives so much criticism has done a two-page spread on this matter. The article I am commenting on here is quite difficult to find on your website. It is front-page news.
Come on News Shopper, stand up for your residents. Instead of posting pictures of the heap and the Environment Agency, how about pictures of Bryan Hughes, Shelley Hurst and site manager Jonathan Beckson? How about the Judge? The Daily Mail which receives so much criticism has done a two-page spread on this matter. The article I am commenting on here is quite difficult to find on your website. It is front-page news. flea_in_ear
  • Score: 11

11:02am Thu 3 Jul 14

flea_in_ear says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
I heard down the lodge the brahn envelopes will be handed out at Great Queen Street tomorrow evening.

ThaNK yOU
They'll never get rid of the rubbish by putting it in brown envelopes :)
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: I heard down the lodge the brahn envelopes will be handed out at Great Queen Street tomorrow evening. ThaNK yOU[/p][/quote]They'll never get rid of the rubbish by putting it in brown envelopes :) flea_in_ear
  • Score: 3

2:57pm Thu 3 Jul 14

FPool1 says...

Please sign the petition to have the Waste 4 Fuel site Cleared and Closed.
We need 100,000 signatures to have this issue raised in the House of Coomons.
Spread the word!
http://epetitions.di
rect.gov.uk/petition
s/67005
Please sign the petition to have the Waste 4 Fuel site Cleared and Closed. We need 100,000 signatures to have this issue raised in the House of Coomons. Spread the word! http://epetitions.di rect.gov.uk/petition s/67005 FPool1
  • Score: 2

10:43am Mon 7 Jul 14

nanny wizzard says...

This Company have had 2 plus years to remove waste but they took the money and removed next to nothing this situation is a disgrace I am thowing dinners away because FLIES keep landing on it but we are assured living here is not unhealthy..Mr Hughes plays the system amd the money he has made enables him to do it he has never put in the fire breaks required to make it safe how dare he expect the EA to allow him to continue piling it up and there is no justice for any of us the innocent people that he has been allowed to walk all over....
This Company have had 2 plus years to remove waste but they took the money and removed next to nothing this situation is a disgrace I am thowing dinners away because FLIES keep landing on it but we are assured living here is not unhealthy..Mr Hughes plays the system amd the money he has made enables him to do it he has never put in the fire breaks required to make it safe how dare he expect the EA to allow him to continue piling it up and there is no justice for any of us the innocent people that he has been allowed to walk all over.... nanny wizzard
  • Score: 4

1:17pm Tue 8 Jul 14

kentlad says...

I think its about time the local residents fill their cars up with rubbish and dump it on the directors doorstep see how she feels when she opens her door to a mountain of rubbish!!
I think its about time the local residents fill their cars up with rubbish and dump it on the directors doorstep see how she feels when she opens her door to a mountain of rubbish!! kentlad
  • Score: 3

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