RESIDENTS concerned by the ongoing fire at Averies Recycling are welcome to attend a meeting taking place tonight.

Representatives from the fire service, Swindon Council and the Environment Agency will be attending the event, being held at St Peter’s Church Hall, in Penhill, which starts at 7pm.

The authorities will be giving an update on their efforts to put out the blaze which has been going sine Monday, July 21. They will also discuss plans to move some of the waste from the Marshgate base to the former Groundwell park and ride site.

Firefighters have encountered difficulties putting out the blaze because they’ve struggled for space at the Averies site. The authorities claim that transferring some of the non-hazardous waste from the base will help firefighters tackle the blaze more aggressively.

It is thought that the authorities want to carry out the transfer in the next couple of days.

Yesterday, around 60 residents who live near to the former park and ride site protested against plans to move the waste to their community.