Pensioners left ‘astonished’ as mountain of 80 tyres dumped on drive

Cardiff: The housing estate that has become a fly tipping dump

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Two pensioners have been left “angry and astonished” after fly-tippers offloaded more than 80 tyres across their driveway. Incredibly, the local council is refusing to finance the removal of the rubber.

The mountain of tyres was left outside the Kent home of Hugh Cunningham and his wife Diane.

The couple returned home after a Saturday outing to discover the pile, and are now confronting a massive bill to remove them.

Canterbury County Council has said it’s not theirs to clean up, as the dump is on private property.

81-year-old Mr Cunningham said: “At first I thought there were about 20, however we soon saw there were many more.

“I haven’t counted them all exactly, but I think there could be about 80. I was angry and astonished when I saw it.”

He continued: “I was upset – I just thought ‘how can someone do that?’

“How degrading of the environment.

“It’s a blemish on the land – I hope they never do this again and don’t do this to anybody else.”

The pair told the Daily Star that the tyre deposit, which was left between 7pm and midnight, created a “huge inconvenience”.

Mrs Cunningham has lived in the Kent village for 42 years, and said: “It’s upsetting, very annoying, a real hassle and will be very expensive to move.”

“It’s all different kinds, we see refrigerators, building supplies, and also just people with Costa cups and bags who obviously just chuck them out the window.”

The couple were told that representatives of the city council were due to assess the situation on 15 March.

A spokesman for the local authority told the Daily Star: “We are aware of this incident and our enforcement officers will be visiting the site to investigate, including checking for any local CCTV and speaking to residents about any information they may have.

“As this is private land, it is for the owner to clear what has been dumped.

“We will actively pursue any evidence we find and prosecute if we possibly can, and in one recent successful court case, we were able to secure £500 in compensation for a landowner who was the victim of a fly-tipping incident.”

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