Canterbury City Council led an enforcement operation at Prospect Farm near Herne Bay on Wednesday (10 May) as part of an investigation into flytipping offences in the district.

Council officers were joined by officials from Her Majesty’s Revenues and Customs and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, with the support of Kent Police, and seized a large tipper truck from the site in Owls Hatch Road.

Prospect Farm is close to the former Share and Coulter pub, a site that has been repeatedly targeted by flytippers over the last few months. Clearing the rubbish has cost taxpayers thousands of pounds.

The council’s Head of Safer Neighbourhoods, Doug Rattray, said: “This action was part of our ongoing work to crack down on flytipping and catch those people who are blighting our district by dumping rubbish. 

“Last month we released CCTV footage of a number of people we want to speak to in relation to flytipping at the Share and Coulter. We will be doing everything within our power to bring those responsible before the courts.”

The council is also reminding people that criminal responsibility does not stop with those people who dump rubbish. Householders who pay to have material taken away from their property are equally liable if it ends up being flytipped.

Doug Rattray added: “You should check that you are using a licensed waste carrier registered by the Environment Agency and also be prepared to pay a fair price. If the price sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

For a list of licensed waste carriers, call the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506 or visit their website.