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Rubbish mountain which towered over homes in south east London is finally cleared

A huge mountain of waste which plagued residents' lives has finally been cleared.

Rubbish mountain seen in 2014

Residents said living next to the 40 foot high stinking mound was a "living nightmare". The site located near the A20 Sidcup bypass also regularly caught fire.

Rubbish mountain seen in 2014

Between 2012 and August 2015, the London Fire Brigade spent almost £1 million dealing with 233 incidents at the rubbish mountain.

In 2014 the owners were prosecuted and fined for stacking flammable material in an illegal manner and two years later Bromley Council and the Environment Agency spent £2.7million to acquire the site.

Now the 27,000 tonnes of rubbish has been removed from the site in St Paul's Cray.

Rubbish mountain seen in 2014

It has taken over a year to clear the dump which took longer than expected because it contained more waste than estimated.

The works were also delayed in March this year after contaminated waste was found at the bottom of the pile.

Rubbish mountain seen in 2014

This day clearly belongs to our long-suffering local residents who have been so incredibly patient, trustful and supportive of the council throughout this difficult and complex process.

To have delivered on our promise to get the site cleared for everyone has been a tremendous team effort all round and we share their delight.

Although there is still work to do on site, we can now look forward with optimism and work though the various ideas that have been raised for the site's future, listening very carefully to what residents say, recognising the importance of its green belt status.

– Councillor Colin Smith, Bromley Council