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Overturned truck blocking Coldharbour Road 'was fly-tipping at Battle of Britain pub site'

PUBLISHED: 10:24 02 December 2016 | UPDATED: 13:14 06 December 2016

Illegally dumped waste at the Battle of Britain site Photo: Andrew Redgate

Illegally dumped waste at the Battle of Britain site Photo: Andrew Redgate

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The pub was illegally demolished in October and residents have been campaigning to have it rebuilt

The overturned lorry on Coldharbour Road Photo: Andrew RedgateThe overturned lorry on Coldharbour Road Photo: Andrew Redgate

A truck that overturned on Coldharbour Road this morning was flytipping at the Battle of Britain pub, it has been claimed.

The road was closed this morning between Morrisons roundabout and the A227 Wrotham Road roundabout as police dealt with the incident, causing disruption for travellers.

A Facebook post on the Battle of Britain Community Group said a lorry was seen dumping ‘seven loads’ of waste at the site in the early hours of the morning.

The group released a statement asking for police to confirm they support residents in preventing further damage to the site.

It said: “This week illegal waste dumping has been carried out on the site with several loads of rubbish deposited overnight at the far end of the site, close to a school playing field, after breaking the locks and gaining entry. Thus far there has been no investigation of the rubbish as to its contents.

“Then we have the overturned tipper lorry, an accident on a roundabout at the end of Coldharbour Road the same night the illegal fly tipping was taking place. Are we alone in thinking there could be some connection?

“Perhaps you will forgive us for expecting to hear that the driver was never questioned about his load or his reason for driving around that area at that time of night at obvious high speed.”

Council workers cleared rubbish away from the road following the incident and it has now been reopened.

The illegal demolition of the pub in October this year sparked outrage among residents, who have launched a campaign for it to be rebuilt.

They are also lobbying for an article 4 direction to be implemented to protect Gravesend’s remaining public houses.

The police said that at this stage they could not confirm the overturned truck was one of those responsible for the flytipping.

A police spokesperson said: “Kent Police was called at 10.33pm on Thursday 1 December to a report that a tipper truck had overturned on Coldharbour Road, Northfleet.

“The driver has been taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

“Officers have returned to the scene this morning to ensure the safety of other motorists and to assist Kent County Council Highways, who are managing road closures and the recovery of the vehicle.”

Do you have any information about the incident? Email simon.allin@archant.co.uk

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