Couple return home to find 80 tyres dumped on their driveway by fly-tippers

Hugh Cunningham and his wife Diane returned home to discover the mountain of tyres – KMG/SWNS

An elderly couple came home to discover 80 tyres had been dumped in their driveway – and now face having to pay to get them removed.

Hugh Cunningham, a retired historian, and his wife Diane, a psychotherapist, returned home to their village in Upper Harbledown, near Canterbury, on Saturday after visiting friends to discover the mountain of tyres.

Canterbury City Council is refusing to clear away the fly-tipped rubbish, claiming it was left on private land – so the couple will have to pay a hefty sum to have it removed.

The tyres, which were dumped between 7pm and midnight, lie in front of the Cunninghams’ rear drive leading into Roman Road. They prevent the gate from opening fully.

It has created “a huge inconvenience” for the pair, who have lived in the village for 42 years.

The tyres were dumped in front of the Cunninghams’ rear drive, preventing the gate from opening fully - KMG/SWNS

The tyres were dumped in front of the Cunninghams’ rear drive, preventing the gate from opening fully – KMG/SWNS

Mr Cunningham, 81, said he has been left “upset” by the incident and does not wish it on anyone else.

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

“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.”

Mrs Cunningham, 76, added: “It’s upsetting, very annoying, a real hassle and will be very expensive to move.”

She said that fly-tipping is an ongoing issue along the road.

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

A spokeman for the local authority said it was aware of the incident. Its enforcement officers will visit the site to investigate, as well as view local CCTV and speak to residents for any information they may have.

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

“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.”