Deadline day looms to clear up the Flint Cross fire site
- Credit: Archant
The owners of a recycling plant near Melbourn which burned for a month after a suspected arson attack have been given a deadline to clear up the site by the Environment Agency.
The enforcement notice requires all waste material remaining on the site at the Bridgefoot Quarry in Flint Cross – including ash and smouldering materials – to be removed by February 16.
If the site is not cleared by that date, the Environment Agency would ‘consider any action necessary’.
The notice also calls for site owners Akhtar Waste and Energy Development Ltd to suspend all operations at the recycling centre which means no further waste can be accepted, treated or stored until it’s deemed suitable for operation.
Air quality checks were carried out on consecutive days after the fire broke out on November 13 and again in the middle of December.
You may also want to watch:
District and county councillor Peter Topping said: “I’ve had quite a lot of emails and concerns about the air quality, with a number of people with complaints about the ash affecting asthma and other conditions. People are also intrigued to learn what penalties would be put in place if the ash is not cleared in February.”
A Royston man has been rebailed until January 15 after being arrested in November.
- 1 Two arrested after drugs raid in Bassingbourn
- 2 Wonder Woman flies into IWM Duxford for movie scenes
- 3 Mass vaccine centre opening marks 'big step forward' in beating COVID-19
- 4 Granta surgeries deliver COVID-19 vaccinations
- 5 Is lockdown working in Herts? Here's what the latest data tells us
- 6 Fraudster jailed after £60,000 shopping spree
- 7 'Heavy snow' expected across Hertfordshire from tomorrow
- 8 Housing first battleground in mayor elections for Cambridgeshire
- 9 Make the A505 Safer: Improvement works to continue in 2021
- 10 Thief pleads guilty to assaulting two people
The fire was not put out with a hose as the site is located near a drinking water supply, which would have been at risk from contamination. The fire was instead left to burn in controlled conditions.
You can access the latest updates on the Flint Cross Fire by visiting: www.scambs.gov.uk/content/bridgefoot-quarry-fire.