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Is this Britain’s dirtiest rest stop? Anger as drivers dump mountains of rubbish labeled ‘an embarrassment of dirt’

A Kent rest stop covered in piles of rubbish could be the dirtiest in Britain after it was dubbed the ‘dirt embarrassment’.

Bottles of urine, tyres, plastic bags and food parcels were stacked next to the Ropersole rest area on the A2 near Barham in Kent.

A Lib Dem councilor captured shocking footage of the mess along the Ropersole layby

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A Lib Dem councilor captured shocking footage of the mess along the Ropersole laybyCredit: Mike Sole
He slammed the littered parking bay as a "absolute shame" and urged Canterbury City Council to take action

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He called the littered rest area an “absolute disgrace” and called on Canterbury City Council to take actionCredit: Mike Sole

The littered rest area was called an “absolute disgrace” by Liberal Democrat councilor for Canterbury South Mike Sole, who snapped footage of the mess earlier this week.

Broken rubbish bins have meant commuters are unable to throw away their rubbish, meaning rubbish has simply been dumped alongside the road.

Mr Sole, who uploaded the footage to Twitter, tweeted: “The Ropersole service area on the A2 is an absolute disgrace.

He claimed Canterbury City Council, the local authority responsible for the area under which the dirty rest area falls, “is not getting a handle on the problem”.

“This rest stop was abused by truck drivers as a tip,” he said in the video, adding it was an “embarrassment of dirt.”

A spokesman for Canterbury City Council said: “We are aware of the concerns at this site.

“The matter is complicated due to some land ownership issues that we are investigating and trying to resolve.

“But we will be installing new litter bins as soon as possible, which we hope will improve the situation.”

The Sun revealed last year that litter dumped at the side of the road costs the economy £1bn a year – 55% more than in 2015.

That’s enough junk to fill Wembley Stadium 30 times.

The Sun also revealed all the areas where you can be hit with a £150 fine for littering.

Local authorities can impose fines for “environmental offences” such as dumping food waste and rubbish.

But some councils are keen to hand out fines to crack down on litter makers, some agencies have NOT fined litter makers.

Fly tipping is a serious offense for which you can be prosecuted.

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Various powers are available to the courts to combat fly-tipping, including imprisonment, unlimited fines and an order removing the rights to a vehicle used to commit the crime.

In extreme cases, a fly dumper can be fined up to £50,000 – or even more if the case goes to the Crown Court, an offender can even be sent to prison.

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