Waste from Averies fire site to be moved to former park and ride in Groundwell

Waste from Averies fire site to be moved to former park and ride in Groundwell

Waste from Averies fire site to be moved to former park and ride in Groundwell

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A SITE has been identified to temporarily store some of the non-hazardous waste from Averies Recycling in Marshgate, which holds the key to firefighters being able to fully put out the ongoing fire faster.

The council-owned former Groundwell Park & Ride, in Cricklade Road, will be used following a full assessment of the site which has been carried out with partner organisations to make sure it is suitable and safe. Preparatory work is now underway so the transferral process can then start. Once the fire is fully extinguished, the intention is to return the waste to the Averies Recycling site as soon as possible.

As the compound is extensively covered by trees, the waste will be largely out of sight. All of the burnt waste will be fully extinguished and checked before being taken to the site. It will also be covered over to minimise any adverse smell and, in addition to the high perimeter fencing, 24-hour security is being arranged to maximise public safety.

This work forms part of a multi-agency plan, driven by the common goal to bring the fire, which has been alight since July 21, to the swiftest conclusion. The only way to achieve this is by removing a significant quantity, estimated to be around half, of the waste which is preventing fire crews from tackling the blaze more aggressively. Removal of the waste will free up space, allowing a containment area to be created so firefighters can ramp up resources and intensify their work.

The waste cannot just be taken to landfill as it would increase the risk of further fires. Although fires of this nature would normally be allowed to burn out on a managed basis, likely to last many months, this is not a viable option due to the disruption it is causing for local businesses and residents.

Following a meeting with Averies Recycling (Swindon) Ltd earlier this week, the site operator has indicated co-operation with the plans and a willingness to move the waste.

 

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4:41pm Wed 6 Aug 14

The Real Librarian says...

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holds the key to firefighters being able to fully put out the ongoing fire faster.
UNQUOTE

Well they couldn't be slower, could they. What is it - three weeks now?

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Following a meeting with Averies Recycling (Swindon) Ltd earlier this week, the site operator has indicated co-operation with the plans and a willingness to move the waste.
UNQUOTE

Sorry, but What the Hell is it to do with them and why is their agreement necessary.
Just do it, using contracters if necessary, and send Averies the bill.
This fire has been polluting people's lungs for three weeks now.
QUOTE holds the key to firefighters being able to fully put out the ongoing fire faster. UNQUOTE Well they couldn't be slower, could they. What is it - three weeks now? QUOTE Following a meeting with Averies Recycling (Swindon) Ltd earlier this week, the site operator has indicated co-operation with the plans and a willingness to move the waste. UNQUOTE Sorry, but What the Hell is it to do with them and why is their agreement necessary. Just do it, using contracters if necessary, and send Averies the bill. This fire has been polluting people's lungs for three weeks now. The Real Librarian
  • Score: 22

6:10pm Wed 6 Aug 14

leafy1 says...

Probably better to pi$$ on the fire from Saturday as we have strike action yet again from our beloved firefighters.
Probably better to pi$$ on the fire from Saturday as we have strike action yet again from our beloved firefighters. leafy1
  • Score: -3

6:31pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Robh says...

leave the fire fighters alone. It is Averies who are to blame with Swindon Borough Council for having such a large amount of recycling material stored and not recycled.
leave the fire fighters alone. It is Averies who are to blame with Swindon Borough Council for having such a large amount of recycling material stored and not recycled. Robh
  • Score: 23

7:24pm Wed 6 Aug 14

faatmaan says...

again a suitable site is found near a council estate, no other sites in Swindon available, and why is this waste not sent to waste facilities anyway.
again a suitable site is found near a council estate, no other sites in Swindon available, and why is this waste not sent to waste facilities anyway. faatmaan
  • Score: 9

7:49pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Davey Gravey says...

Sounds a rubbish idea to me.
Sounds a rubbish idea to me. Davey Gravey
  • Score: -4

8:00pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Al Smith says...

Robh wrote:
leave the fire fighters alone. It is Averies who are to blame with Swindon Borough Council for having such a large amount of recycling material stored and not recycled.
I can't help but wonder if some people here have connections to Averies and are seeking to shift the blame!

Unlike the convicted law breakers at Averies, the Fire Service and Environment Agency have no choice but to comply with the law. Simply because if they are fined they can't declare bankruptcy so us taxpayers will be forced to foot the bill.
[quote][p][bold]Robh[/bold] wrote: leave the fire fighters alone. It is Averies who are to blame with Swindon Borough Council for having such a large amount of recycling material stored and not recycled.[/p][/quote]I can't help but wonder if some people here have connections to Averies and are seeking to shift the blame! Unlike the convicted law breakers at Averies, the Fire Service and Environment Agency have no choice but to comply with the law. Simply because if they are fined they can't declare bankruptcy so us taxpayers will be forced to foot the bill. Al Smith
  • Score: 9

9:27pm Wed 6 Aug 14

johntomjo says...

dump it on our doorstep rather than landfill ,our council are idiots ,just build houses on the park and ride that we cant afford oh hang on you wont becuase of us second rate tax payers over the road
dump it on our doorstep rather than landfill ,our council are idiots ,just build houses on the park and ride that we cant afford oh hang on you wont becuase of us second rate tax payers over the road johntomjo
  • Score: -2

9:29pm Wed 6 Aug 14

johntomjo says...

The waste cannot just be taken to landfill as it would increase the risk of further fires. Although fires of this nature would normally be allowed to burn out on a managed basis, likely to last many months, this is not a viable option due to the disruption it is causing for local businesses and residents.

but what about us and the other wards surrounding the pak and ride ?
The waste cannot just be taken to landfill as it would increase the risk of further fires. Although fires of this nature would normally be allowed to burn out on a managed basis, likely to last many months, this is not a viable option due to the disruption it is causing for local businesses and residents. but what about us and the other wards surrounding the pak and ride ? johntomjo
  • Score: 3

10:20pm Wed 6 Aug 14

CllrDJGAZZAperky@HaydenMaSS says...

These people are trying to run a business the fire service should of been made to deal with this in the first 24 hrs
These people are trying to run a business the fire service should of been made to deal with this in the first 24 hrs CllrDJGAZZAperky@HaydenMaSS
  • Score: -8

7:08am Thu 7 Aug 14

house on the hill says...

johntomjo wrote:
dump it on our doorstep rather than landfill ,our council are idiots ,just build houses on the park and ride that we cant afford oh hang on you wont becuase of us second rate tax payers over the road
I think you will find it is the lack of tax payers "over the road" that brings the stigma to the area!
[quote][p][bold]johntomjo[/bold] wrote: dump it on our doorstep rather than landfill ,our council are idiots ,just build houses on the park and ride that we cant afford oh hang on you wont becuase of us second rate tax payers over the road[/p][/quote]I think you will find it is the lack of tax payers "over the road" that brings the stigma to the area! house on the hill
  • Score: 2

7:20am Thu 7 Aug 14

Cooking_by_smoke_alarm says...

CllrDJGAZZAperky@Hay
denMaSS says...

These people are trying to run a business the fire service should of been made to deal with this in the first 24 hrs

Is that so, well how come Averies do not live up to the name and actually recycle?....seems to be a mountain of waste collected. Would be good to hear from the Firm, how much waste they collect per annum and out of this, how much is actually recycled.

Posters here seem to point the finger at The Council and The Fire Brigade, whereas the ones actually responsible for all this mess is Averies.



house on the hill says...


johntomjo wrote:
dump it on our doorstep rather than landfill ,our council are idiots ,just build houses on the park and ride that we cant afford oh hang on you wont becuase of us second rate tax payers over the road
I think you will find it is the lack of tax payers "over the road" that brings the stigma to the area!

Say that to some who live there and have paid taxes (National) for 49 years including 5 years in the armed forces giving you the luxury of making such comments, and have paid they're local taxes/rates etc since the 1950's.
Shallow contemptible comment.
CllrDJGAZZAperky@Hay denMaSS says... These people are trying to run a business the fire service should of been made to deal with this in the first 24 hrs Is that so, well how come Averies do not live up to the name and actually recycle?....seems to be a mountain of waste collected. Would be good to hear from the Firm, how much waste they collect per annum and out of this, how much is actually recycled. Posters here seem to point the finger at The Council and The Fire Brigade, whereas the ones actually responsible for all this mess is Averies. house on the hill says... johntomjo wrote: dump it on our doorstep rather than landfill ,our council are idiots ,just build houses on the park and ride that we cant afford oh hang on you wont becuase of us second rate tax payers over the road I think you will find it is the lack of tax payers "over the road" that brings the stigma to the area! Say that to some who live there and have paid taxes (National) for 49 years including 5 years in the armed forces giving you the luxury of making such comments, and have paid they're local taxes/rates etc since the 1950's. Shallow contemptible comment. Cooking_by_smoke_alarm
  • Score: 1

11:48am Thu 7 Aug 14

Davey Gravey says...

house on the hill wrote:
johntomjo wrote:
dump it on our doorstep rather than landfill ,our council are idiots ,just build houses on the park and ride that we cant afford oh hang on you wont becuase of us second rate tax payers over the road
I think you will find it is the lack of tax payers "over the road" that brings the stigma to the area!
You come out with some guff daily but this is down there with the worst of it.
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]johntomjo[/bold] wrote: dump it on our doorstep rather than landfill ,our council are idiots ,just build houses on the park and ride that we cant afford oh hang on you wont becuase of us second rate tax payers over the road[/p][/quote]I think you will find it is the lack of tax payers "over the road" that brings the stigma to the area![/p][/quote]You come out with some guff daily but this is down there with the worst of it. Davey Gravey
  • Score: -1

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