By gum – clean­ing up streets is a blast

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - ZOE JOHN­SON

MORE than 40,000 un­sightly blobs of gum have been blasted off the streets of Macclesfield.

The sticky spring clean, launched by Cheshire East Coun­cil, is in re­sponse to com­plaints from res­i­dents and busi­nesses who were frus­trated by the amount of chew­ing gum lit­ter­ing Macclesfield’s streets.

Streets tar­geted by the deep clean in­cluded Ch­ester­gate and Cas­tle Street, along with the stretch of road from the li­brary, through Mar­ket Place, down Mill Street to the Bus Sta­tion exit and Roe Street.

Spe­cial­ist clean­ing con­trac­tors worked through the night us­ing high-pres­sure jet wash­ers to blast the gum and other grime from the pave­ments.

Caro­line Simp­son, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of eco­nomic growth and pros­per­ity at Cheshire East Coun­cil, said: “Peo­ple told us that they were fed up of the chew­ing gum, which makes the pave­ments look such a mess. The deep clean has re­moved a stag­ger­ing amount of it – the con­trac­tors es­ti­mated there were four blobs per square me­tre which would give a to­tal of 40,000.We recog­nise that a pleas­ant town cen­tre en­vi­ron­ment is im­por­tant to all res­i­dents, busi­nesses and vis­i­tors in Macclesfield and a spring clean is just what the town needed.”

She added the re­spon­si­bil­ity is now on res­i­dents to en­sure the town stays chew­ing gum free.

She said: “We hope that by main­tain­ing high stan­dards for the ap­pear­ance of the town cen­tre, we will gen­er­ate a feel­good fac­tor which will en­cour­age more peo­ple to spend time in the town cen­tre. We are ap­peal­ing to peo­ple to dis­pose of gum more care­fully in fu­ture so that we can keep the streets look­ing clean and neat.”

To com­plete the cleanup, all of the street fur­ni­ture in Mill Street, Cas­tle Street and Park Green has had a fresh lick of paint, with plans to do the same at Wa­ters Green, the Bus Sta­tion and Roe Street.

The town makeover is prov­ing to be a big hit with busi­nesses in the cen­tre.

Peter May­hew, store manager at Marks & Spencer in Macclesfield, said: “It’s great to see the dif­fer­ence the clean-up team has made to the key re­tail trad­ing streets in Macclesfield.”

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