Waste4fuel land deal approved by the Executive

Published Friday, 2 September 2016

Clearance of the rubbish mountain on the former Waste4fuel site in Orpington moved a step closer today as the council’s Executive formally agreed a land deal.

The news follows a recent announcement that a land deal had been agreed in principle which will finally enable clearance of the rubbish mountain on the former Waste4fuel site in Orpington to begin.  When the land deal is completed, it is estimated that clearance of the estimated 18,000 tonnes will take some weeks, with careful logistical planning needed before work can commence.

“Further to last week’s encouraging news of a breakthrough, I am delighted to announce that the final official hurdle authorising the Environment Agency and Bromley Council’s offer to purchase the access road and land beyond was completed this morning.  As a result, we are now simply waiting for the current owner to complete their legal paperwork to move this process forwards.  As soon as this has happened, we will finally be in a position to achieve our long term goal of removing waste from the site.  This of course secures the long term future for the site, which is truly great news for local people” said Councillor Colin Smith, Deputy Leader for Bromley Council.  

The estimated total cost of both purchasing the land and clearing the rubbish mound is estimated to be £2.7million, with the Environment Agency securing much of the funding and the council contributing £300k.

The site, which continues to be a fire risk, has seen the Environment Agency work in partnership with the council with the firm resolve to find a permanent solution to this exceptional problem.  Subject to the finalisation of the contract and other legal conditions the council now seems set to acquire the site over coming weeks, with clearance work then being planned. This work, with the Environment Agency securing the funding, would then secure the long term future of the site.
The site in Cornwall Drive, located near to housing and the A20 Sidcup By Pass, is an exceptional case and has been the scene of repeated fires.  Work to remove waste associated with this ongoing fire risk would then able to go-ahead, removing the need for the Environment Agency and the London Fire Brigade to continue to regularly monitor and inspect the site.  The exact extent of the clearance work will need careful assessment when the council have access to the site but it would also address the long-running concern and nuisance experienced by local residents.

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