Park and Ride will not be used to store burning waste

Councillors Paul Baker and Mark Dempsey celebrate with local residents at Groundwell Park and Ride is saved from the transfer of waste from Averies’ fire

Councillors Paul Baker and Mark Dempsey celebrate with local residents at Groundwell Park and Ride is saved from the transfer of waste from Averies’ fire

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GROUNDWELL Park and Ride will not now be used to dump tonnes of waste from the Averies fire after the Environment Agency stepped in.

A special meeting of the council’s cabinet and scrutiny committee was cancelled last night after the Environment Agency confirmed it would use its powers to compel Averies to cover the costs to transfer waste to a permitted site, which has not yet been specified, so the fire service can finally work on extinguishing the blaze.

Colin Chiverton, the area environment manager for West Thames, said: “We are taking clear and decisive action, in support of Swindon Borough Council and its partners, to extinguish the fire at the Marshgate site.

“We will be using our Regulation 57 powers under the Environmental Permitting Regulations.

“In doing so we will seek to recover all of the costs incurred in carrying out our powers.

“Wiltshire Fire And Rescue service will need the space to be able to aggressively tackle the fire.

“We will be using our powers to ensure space is provided at the site to give the Fire And Rescue Service room to tackle the fire.”

Coun Brian Mattock, the deputy leader of Swindon Council, said: “The waste will be moved to a permitted site.

“The council will continue to support all agencies involved in this difficult operation so any disruption is kept to an absolute minimum and we achieve the common goal of putting this fire out as quickly as possible.

“When the firefighters start tackling the fire more aggressively, the situation will inevitably seem worse before it gets better.

“But I’m sure residents and local businesses are hugely relieved that there has been a breakthrough and an end is at last in sight.

“We remain grateful for people’s understanding and co-operation as work progresses to bring this matter to a close.”

Stephen Taylor, the chairman of the Strategic Co-ordination Group which is leading the multi-agency plan to deal with the fire, said: “Using their enforcement powers, the Environment Agency has ordered Averies Recycling to remove a total of 3,000 tonnes of waste from their Marshgate site in Swindon.

“Averies will need to begin to remove the waste tomorrow.

“The Environment Agency will continue to work as part of a multi-agency response to this incident, with Swindon Council and other partners, to make ARSL take action and remove the waste.

“As the operators of the site, ARSL has the responsibility to remove and pay for the waste to be removed from the site to allow Wiltshire Fire And Rescue Services sufficient space for the fire to be fully extinguished.”

Coun Paul Baker, (Lab, Penhill and Upper Stratton): “Groundwell should never have been on the table, and I think that this was a cheap option.

“This has been made possible by a show in the community not only from Penhill but from Marshgate as well. This is the best scenario for everybody.”

Mark Dempsey, Labour Parliamentary candidate, said: “This decision could have been made earlier. The Environment Agency should have used their powers at the outset when we were clear that Groundwell was not an appropriate site.”

Carole O’Sullivan, 47, of Penhill, said: “This was never about not having it in our back yard, it is about the principle of the council dumping the waste here and helping out a private company.

“People have all suffered through this and Averies need to be made to compensate for all of the aggravation that has been caused.”

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8:36am Fri 15 Aug 14

messyits says...

Three cheers--at last!
Three cheers--at last! messyits
  • Score: 13

8:48am Fri 15 Aug 14

Oik1 says...

As above!
As above! Oik1
  • Score: 32

8:50am Fri 15 Aug 14

stratton man says...

Thank you Cllr Dempsey.While our useless Tory Council wanted to dump this toxic waste on a Park and Ride surrounded by houses an idea apparently supported by our two Tory MP`s you provided the leadership and vision to prevent this and allow the proper solution.I look forward to seeing you elected as MP for North Swindon next May.
Thank you Cllr Dempsey.While our useless Tory Council wanted to dump this toxic waste on a Park and Ride surrounded by houses an idea apparently supported by our two Tory MP`s you provided the leadership and vision to prevent this and allow the proper solution.I look forward to seeing you elected as MP for North Swindon next May. stratton man
  • Score: 11

9:10am Fri 15 Aug 14

umpcah says...

If this disaster had occurred as a result of a dropped WW2 incendiary bomb, I`ll bet the site would`ve been " sanitised " within a few days.
If this disaster had occurred as a result of a dropped WW2 incendiary bomb, I`ll bet the site would`ve been " sanitised " within a few days. umpcah
  • Score: 5

9:13am Fri 15 Aug 14

Alan Bast*rd says...

Lessons need to be learned from this. Stock piling tonnes of waste like has happend at averies should not be allowed to happen again.
Lessons need to be learned from this. Stock piling tonnes of waste like has happend at averies should not be allowed to happen again. Alan Bast*rd
  • Score: 15

10:52am Fri 15 Aug 14

house on the hill says...

stratton man wrote:
Thank you Cllr Dempsey.While our useless Tory Council wanted to dump this toxic waste on a Park and Ride surrounded by houses an idea apparently supported by our two Tory MP`s you provided the leadership and vision to prevent this and allow the proper solution.I look forward to seeing you elected as MP for North Swindon next May.
Short memories of how the last Labour Govt did such a wonderful job (not) comes to mind. Just because you don't like one lot doesn't mean the other lot will be better, just different. Ever heard of frying pan and fire? They are all as useless as each other as is proved time and again. One good decision does not a good party make!
[quote][p][bold]stratton man[/bold] wrote: Thank you Cllr Dempsey.While our useless Tory Council wanted to dump this toxic waste on a Park and Ride surrounded by houses an idea apparently supported by our two Tory MP`s you provided the leadership and vision to prevent this and allow the proper solution.I look forward to seeing you elected as MP for North Swindon next May.[/p][/quote]Short memories of how the last Labour Govt did such a wonderful job (not) comes to mind. Just because you don't like one lot doesn't mean the other lot will be better, just different. Ever heard of frying pan and fire? They are all as useless as each other as is proved time and again. One good decision does not a good party make! house on the hill
  • Score: 4

10:53am Fri 15 Aug 14

trolley dolley says...

Everyone is talking as though the fire is out.

It is out, it is "OUT OF CONTROL".

The EA, Council and fire service should stop talking and start working. NOW.
Everyone is talking as though the fire is out. It is out, it is "OUT OF CONTROL". The EA, Council and fire service should stop talking and start working. NOW. trolley dolley
  • Score: 7

12:13pm Fri 15 Aug 14

there-their-they're says...

When are Averies going to make an apology to the people affected by this fire and assure us that they will be (forced to) finding an alternative site or closing down?
When are Averies going to make an apology to the people affected by this fire and assure us that they will be (forced to) finding an alternative site or closing down? there-their-they're
  • Score: 27

12:59pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

stratton man wrote:
Thank you Cllr Dempsey.While our useless Tory Council wanted to dump this toxic waste on a Park and Ride surrounded by houses an idea apparently supported by our two Tory MP`s you provided the leadership and vision to prevent this and allow the proper solution.I look forward to seeing you elected as MP for North Swindon next May.
This is the 2nd time that Councillor Dempsey has impressed me.
I would also be please to see him elected
[quote][p][bold]stratton man[/bold] wrote: Thank you Cllr Dempsey.While our useless Tory Council wanted to dump this toxic waste on a Park and Ride surrounded by houses an idea apparently supported by our two Tory MP`s you provided the leadership and vision to prevent this and allow the proper solution.I look forward to seeing you elected as MP for North Swindon next May.[/p][/quote]This is the 2nd time that Councillor Dempsey has impressed me. I would also be please to see him elected Ollie Dognacky
  • Score: 4

1:13pm Fri 15 Aug 14

stratton man says...

House I agree the last Labour Government made mistakes.However, we cant live in the past and I believe that based upon his performance on this issue Cllr Dempsey would make a dynamic MP who would safeguard the interests of Swindonians.Our current MP`s did nothing to resolve this disaster and appeared to support the dumping of this waste on Penhill.
House I agree the last Labour Government made mistakes.However, we cant live in the past and I believe that based upon his performance on this issue Cllr Dempsey would make a dynamic MP who would safeguard the interests of Swindonians.Our current MP`s did nothing to resolve this disaster and appeared to support the dumping of this waste on Penhill. stratton man
  • Score: 14

1:42pm Fri 15 Aug 14

house on the hill says...

stratton man wrote:
House I agree the last Labour Government made mistakes.However, we cant live in the past and I believe that based upon his performance on this issue Cllr Dempsey would make a dynamic MP who would safeguard the interests of Swindonians.Our current MP`s did nothing to resolve this disaster and appeared to support the dumping of this waste on Penhill.
As I said I just think basing your voting choice on just just one quite small decision in the big scheme of running a whole country can be dangerous. Do we know what else he stands for? Is he pro or anti Europe? Is he pro or Anti immigration cuts? is he pro or anti welfare cuts? And he still hasnt said what he would do, only what he wouldn't which is the easy decision that politicians and wannabee's always take.

I feel we need to know a lot more about him before we start throwing our weight behind him ( the same way some said on here they would vote for anyone who abolished the green waste fees, such a small part of running the town overall).

But on topic yes the sensible decision has been made not to take it there, but they haven't said what they actually will do!
[quote][p][bold]stratton man[/bold] wrote: House I agree the last Labour Government made mistakes.However, we cant live in the past and I believe that based upon his performance on this issue Cllr Dempsey would make a dynamic MP who would safeguard the interests of Swindonians.Our current MP`s did nothing to resolve this disaster and appeared to support the dumping of this waste on Penhill.[/p][/quote]As I said I just think basing your voting choice on just just one quite small decision in the big scheme of running a whole country can be dangerous. Do we know what else he stands for? Is he pro or anti Europe? Is he pro or Anti immigration cuts? is he pro or anti welfare cuts? And he still hasnt said what he would do, only what he wouldn't which is the easy decision that politicians and wannabee's always take. I feel we need to know a lot more about him before we start throwing our weight behind him ( the same way some said on here they would vote for anyone who abolished the green waste fees, such a small part of running the town overall). But on topic yes the sensible decision has been made not to take it there, but they haven't said what they actually will do! house on the hill
  • Score: 3

1:47pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Alan Bast*rd says...

Apparently the tax payers are going to foot the bill for this. Then claims will be made to try to recover the money from averies. What are the odds they go bust and pay nothing?
Apparently the tax payers are going to foot the bill for this. Then claims will be made to try to recover the money from averies. What are the odds they go bust and pay nothing? Alan Bast*rd
  • Score: 3

3:11pm Fri 15 Aug 14

stratton man says...

House I agree broadly with the point you make . No doubt ,if elected ,Dempsey will vote as instructed by his party as do all MP,s.However, on local issues which they have a degree of freedom on I would expect him to be a vocal and active leader fighting for the needs of Swindonians.I dont see that leadership from our current MP`s.
House I agree broadly with the point you make . No doubt ,if elected ,Dempsey will vote as instructed by his party as do all MP,s.However, on local issues which they have a degree of freedom on I would expect him to be a vocal and active leader fighting for the needs of Swindonians.I dont see that leadership from our current MP`s. stratton man
  • Score: 9

3:42pm Fri 15 Aug 14

messyits says...

stratton man wrote:
House I agree broadly with the point you make . No doubt ,if elected ,Dempsey will vote as instructed by his party as do all MP,s.However, on local issues which they have a degree of freedom on I would expect him to be a vocal and active leader fighting for the needs of Swindonians.I dont see that leadership from our current MP`s.
Ha ha--he did nothing except pose with a few persons--the decision not to use the site was the EA--whist the council still kept that option open.
[quote][p][bold]stratton man[/bold] wrote: House I agree broadly with the point you make . No doubt ,if elected ,Dempsey will vote as instructed by his party as do all MP,s.However, on local issues which they have a degree of freedom on I would expect him to be a vocal and active leader fighting for the needs of Swindonians.I dont see that leadership from our current MP`s.[/p][/quote]Ha ha--he did nothing except pose with a few persons--the decision not to use the site was the EA--whist the council still kept that option open. messyits
  • Score: -14

3:51pm Fri 15 Aug 14

GrumpyLocal says...

Confused by the headline here. As far I'm aware there was never a plan to move "burning waste" to the Park & Ride site, but rather to shift extinguished or un-burnt waste to the area to allow fire fighter the space required to tackle what is still burning.
Mind you, this sort of click-bait headline is what the Adver' seems to be all about nowadays!
Confused by the headline here. As far I'm aware there was never a plan to move "burning waste" to the Park & Ride site, but rather to shift extinguished or un-burnt waste to the area to allow fire fighter the space required to tackle what is still burning. Mind you, this sort of click-bait headline is what the Adver' seems to be all about nowadays! GrumpyLocal
  • Score: -7

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