Coun­cil’s putting the bite on gum

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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

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