Enforcement action will go ahead

Recycling centre fire off the M1.'Picture by Jim Garnett.

Recycling centre fire off the M1.'Picture by Jim Garnett.

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The operator of a recycling centre where a fire raged for three months will lose its operating licences.

Wood Recycling Services Ltd in Appspond Lane, Potters Crouch – on the border of Hemel Hempstead and St Albans – had until March 22 to appeal against the enforrcement action but has not done so.

The Environment Agency served notice to revoke permits that authorise the operation of the composting and wood treatment facility in February.

Under the action all wood and composting waste must be removed from the site, which will mean the firm will be unable to continue operating.

The blaze, which started on November 10, was sparked by spontaneous combustion within a massive pile of wood waste. In the initial stages of the fire police were forced to close surrounding roads when smoke made driving conditions dangerous.