Council’s putting the bite on gum
PEOPLE were given something to chew over in Southport at the weekend as Sefton Council launched its “Gumbelievable” campaign.
The council teamed up with the Chewing Gum Action Group to hand out special packs in Chapel Street, in a bid to combat the amount of gum which is dropped on the street.
Hundreds of packs were handed out to residents and tourists along the busy shopping street, as well as large boards being erected for people to stick their used gum to.
Banners warning people not to risk hefty fines have also been placed outside council-run leisure centres and beer mats have been handed out to businesses to further strengthen the message.
Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s cabinet member for regulation and compliance, said: “It was great to see that we have the support of so many businesses and residents in our campaign.
“Dropping gum, like any form of litter, is a disgusting and unsightly thing to do and you can be fined so we are making sure there is no reason to do it.
“The packs we handed out contain dozens of disposable wrappers which gum lovers can carry around with them, or failing that, we placed ‘gum boards’ along Chapel Street for people to stick their used gum to.
“We are doing all we can to raise awareness of this issue and we continue to spread the message far and wide, nobody can have an excuse to drop gum.”
Further Gumbelievable events will be announced in the coming weeks.
Cllr Paulette Lappin launches the Gumbelievable campaign
Special packs were hounded out