UPDATE: Residents remain unconvinced as reduction of Waste4Fuel's pile of rubbish begins

UPDATE: Residents remain unconvinced as reduction of Waste4Fuel's pile of rubbish begins

The Waste4Fuel site on Tuesday (August 5). Photo: @n_s_martin

The Waste4Fuel site on Tuesday (August 5). Photo: @n_s_martin

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An operation to reduce the pile of rubbish in the Waste4Fuel site in St Paul's Cray has begun.

Environment Agency (EA) contractors entered the Cornwall Drive recycling plant on Tuesday (August 5), and levels of waste will start to be reduced to safe levels today (August 8).

While the EA's battle to ensure the site operator and landowner clean up the site continues, it says it is taking this step to reduce the blight on the local community.

Despite this, residents living around Waste4Fuel remain sceptical about the future.

Patricia Smith, 69, of Bostall Road, said: "I don't feel this is the answer to all our prayers. I'll only be convinced when the site is clear. 

"It seems like the fire brigade is permanently at the site these days. We have to live with the flies and the stench every day.

"I had to buy two fly swatters and a fly screen last week - I've lived here many years and I've never had to do that."

Rob Wise, environment manager at the Environment Agency, said: "We understand the frustration of local residents and we will continue our fight against Waste4Fuel.

"It is not right that taxpayers should pick up the bill for this operation when it remains the responsibility of the site operator and landowners, but the priority is to make the site as safe as possible. 

"We are committed to working with our partners to find a long-term solution.”

The problems at Waste4Fuel have got progressively worse over the last two and a half years, with frequent fires releasing fumes that have become a serious health concern for local residents.

Despite this, the pile of waste in the site has continued to grow, leading to the suggestion the area around it has become the worst place to live in Britain.

 

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6:05pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Tonic says...

Last time I looked today was August 5th so Friday will be August 8th (paragraph 2). Perhaps News Shopper could invest in a calendar as well as the a spell-checker...
Last time I looked today was August 5th so Friday will be August 8th (paragraph 2). Perhaps News Shopper could invest in a calendar as well as the a spell-checker... Tonic
  • Score: 12

10:05pm Tue 5 Aug 14

mrsh38 says...

Excellent news for the local residents
Excellent news for the local residents mrsh38
  • Score: 13

12:35am Wed 6 Aug 14

molsey says...

I hope someone's on site overnight looking after the digger.
I hope someone's on site overnight looking after the digger. molsey
  • Score: 0

12:26pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Stefd75 says...

I bet the digger will be on fire before the days out knowing that place. Thank god it is being dealt with, I feel that all my calls didnt go unlistend.
I bet the digger will be on fire before the days out knowing that place. Thank god it is being dealt with, I feel that all my calls didnt go unlistend. Stefd75
  • Score: 5

3:47pm Wed 6 Aug 14

flea_in_ear says...

Note the caveat that the heap is being "reduced to safe levels". What is a safe level? Who will decide it is safe?
Note the caveat that the heap is being "reduced to safe levels". What is a safe level? Who will decide it is safe? flea_in_ear
  • Score: 5

4:12pm Wed 6 Aug 14

The Fozziest of Bears says...

Note that the EA could have done this years ago !
Note that the EA could have done this years ago ! The Fozziest of Bears
  • Score: 2

5:12pm Wed 6 Aug 14

molsey says...

Will the heap be reduced by removing waste from site or just spreading it about.
Will the heap be reduced by removing waste from site or just spreading it about. molsey
  • Score: 1

4:59pm Fri 8 Aug 14

molsey says...

Has any waste actually been removed yet?
Has any waste actually been removed yet? molsey
  • Score: 0

3:21pm Tue 12 Aug 14

nanny wizzard says...

Only combustible waste is being removed not the pile so all that may help is the fires not the stench and flies and dust so Residents are not leaping for joy they still need support from 500 signatures on the e-petiitions.direct.
gov.uk petition s/67005 Clear and Close WasteFuel.At the Kemnal Manor meeting re site it was noticeable that few parents attended mostly Residents Its understandable they have hectic lives but please give support if not in time sign this petition it could go forward then,children have had to have windows kept close have been sick with the smells,had agrevated breathing problems and who knosw about long term health effects everybody please support this petition.
Only combustible waste is being removed not the pile so all that may help is the fires not the stench and flies and dust so Residents are not leaping for joy they still need support from 500 signatures on the e-petiitions.direct. gov.uk petition s/67005 Clear and Close WasteFuel.At the Kemnal Manor meeting re site it was noticeable that few parents attended mostly Residents Its understandable they have hectic lives but please give support if not in time sign this petition it could go forward then,children have had to have windows kept close have been sick with the smells,had agrevated breathing problems and who knosw about long term health effects everybody please support this petition. nanny wizzard
  • Score: 0

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