An MP has welcomed the news that a waste recycling plant, which is causing a "health hazard", has been told to improve.

The Environment Agency (EA) has written to Reviva recycling plant in Elstree. Within the letter, the EA has asked Reviva to outline how they will make improvements to the site. A deadline of 21 days has been given.

The letter was sent to Reviva on February 28.

Video: Protesters marched through Elstree against the site in January

The notice served by the EA has been met with approval by Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden.

He said: "I am glad that following the meeting with residents last month, the Environment Agency has taken real steps to stop the appalling smells that are emitted by the Reviva Plant.

"I know how incredibly distressing the problem has been and I hope this will be good news to all the residents that are affected."

Borehamwood Times:

People in Elstree say they have been plagued by the smells from the site which is not only "horrible" to smell but pose a real "risk" to their health. Campaigners have been fighting the site ever since began its operations in 2011.

Elsa Reyes who lives in Sullivan Way has described the smell as "toxic".

Read more: "Toxic" smell has to stop

After the 21 days, the Environment Agency, with Hertsmere Borough Council and Hertfordshire County Council will look at how Reviva has responded and potentially revoke their permit for the composting activities which cause the appalling smells.

However, Reviva will have a right to appeal, during the course of which they will still be able to undertake composting.

Borehamwood Times:

Picture: Last month Mr Dowden met with Cllr Clapper, leader of Hertsmere Borough Council Morris Bright, and bosses at the Environment Agency 

Mr Dowden added: "While there is more to do and a solution will sadly not happen overnight, I am pleased that we are making real progress.

"I will continue to work with the Environment Agency and our local authorities to make sure that the views of my constituents are heard."

Reviva has been approached for comment.

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