Soap liquid has been dumped in the Madeira Walk waterfall in Ramsgate again.
Ramsgate mayor Trevor Shonk caught six girls dumping the foaming liquid into the newly refurbished waterfall at around 3.15pm today (February 24).
It has been reported to the area PC.
The waterfall was cleaned and refurbished last month. Work took place to clean and cut back overhanging vegetation and lighting and pumps were repaired.
Thanet District Council cleared more than 10 bags of rubbish and debris thrown into the pond by members of the public including cans, plastic, washing up bottles and even bricks.
There were concerns raised that the work may have destroyed plants and wildlife including Great Crested Newts which Thanet council refuted.
The environmental concerns were reported to police and Natural England by Cllr Suzanne Brimm, who is vice chair of the CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) Thanet branch.
The waterfall was last targeted with foaming agent in November. Thanet council says the cost of cleaning up the damage is around £1,000. Dyes and detergents can damage fountain parts as well as cause harm to plants and wildlife.
The waterfall was created when, in 1894, the Borough Council of Ramsgate decided to welcome new visitors to the town by changing its appearance from that of a busy fishing port to one with picturesque gardens and promenades.
One of the first stages of the plan was to create a new road to wind up from the harbour to the East Cliff, to be called Madeira Walk.
James Pulham and Son carried out the work, making it look as if it had been cut through a steep gorge, with rocky ‘cliffs’ on either side.
They built the Pulhamite ‘rocks’ shoring up the steep banks of the gorge, including the artificial cascade of the waterfall.