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Rowanoak Waste Services: Dudley

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 27th July 2017.

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Photo of Ian Austin Ian Austin Labour, Dudley North

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions the Environment Agency has had with West Midlands Police on (a) the site operated by Rowan Oak Waste at Shaw Road in Dudley and (b) Rowan Oak Waste Services Limited.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

An error has been identified in the written answer given on 21 July 2017.

The correct answer should have been:

The Environment Agency have met Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council Environmental Health and Planning Departments four times between November 2016 and July 2017 to discuss Rowan Oak Waste. At each meeting the Environment Agency have provided the latest information on their action against the clearance of the site and their enforcement action against the operator. The Environment Agency have also discussed and agreed how amenity complaints from the site would be dealt with.

Councillor Steve Waltho and Councillor Ali Shaukat have also attended these meetings. They have taken the information shared back to their local communities to keep them updated.

We have made all Emergency Services, including West Midlands Police, aware of the site through the West Midlands Local Resilience Forum (WM LRF) meeting. We have advised West Midlands Police that we are undertaking a criminal investigation into the company.

We have shared information and raised awareness of this site, along with other sites within the West Midlands Conurbation, to all the partners of the WM LRF detailing the high risk of fire from these sites and what action we have taken to reduce this risk.

We have separately met with West Midlands Fire Service to ensure that fire risk has been appropriately assessed and a suitable incident response plan has been produced for this site.

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Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Environment Agency have met Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council Environmental Health and Planning Departments four times between November 2016 and July 2017 to discuss Rowan Oak Waste. At each meeting the Environment Agency have provided the latest information on their action against the clearance of the site and their enforcement action against the operator. The Environment Agency have also discussed and agreed how amenity complaints from the site would be dealt with.

Councillor Steve Waltho and Councillor Ali Shaukat have also attended these meetings. They have taken the information shared back to their local communities to keep them updated.

We have made all Emergency Services, including West Midlands Police, aware of the site through the West Midlands Local Resilience Forum (WM LRF) meeting. We have advised West Midlands Police that we are undertaking a criminal investigation into the company.

We have shared information and raised awareness of this site, along with other sites within the West Midlands Conurbation, to all the partners of the WM LRF detailing the high risk of fire from these sites and what action we have taken to reduce this risk.

We have separately met with West Midlands Fire Service to ensure that fire risk has been appropriately assessed and a suitable incident response plan has been produced for this site.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes0 people think so

No1 person thinks not

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