Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil re­news vow to get tough on lit­ter­ing as it looks

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By David Sey­mour david.sey­mour@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ Twit­ter: @ Pt­david­sey­mour 01733 588732

New tac­tics in the war on used chew­ing gum dropped on the new £ 12 mil­lion paving stones of Peter­bor­ough city cen­tre are be­ing de­vised.

Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil has ac­knowl­edged its cur­rent ap­proach to clean­ing the city cen­tre is fail­ing to rid the sur­face of dis­carded chew­ing­gum.

This is de­spite con­trac­tors En­ter­prise Peter­bor­ough car­ry­ing out so- called “deep cleans” of Cathe­dral Square and St John’s Square – in ad­di­tion to its reg­u­lar sweeps of the area – ahead of the busier sum­mer and Christ­mas pe­ri­ods.

Paul Phillip­son, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions for the coun­cil, said: “Chew­ing gum is an is­sue for many towns and cities and con­tin­ues to be a prob­lem in Peter­bor­ough. There is no easy so­lu­tion to deal with chew­ing gum and it is ex­tremely time con­sum­ing and costly to re­move it from sur­faces.

“How­ever, we are cur­rently work­ing with En­ter­prise Peter­bor­ough on a num­ber of pos­si­ble so­lu­tions to re­move gum. This work is in progress and we will be happy to of­fer fur­ther de­tails as soon as a de­ci­sion is made.”

In 2011, the city coun­cil vowed to get tough on shop­pers drop­ping chew­ing gum on the then re­cently re­vamped£ 12 mil­lion paved area in Cathe­dral Square and St John’s Square.

The city coun­cil this week re­it­er­ated neigh­bour­hood en­force­ment of­fi­cers reg­u­larly pa­trol the city cen­tre.

Mr Phillip­son said: “We have a fan­tas­tic city cen­tre, which we want all our res­i­dents and visi- tors to be proud of, so it is very frus­trat­ing that some peo­ple think it’s okay to drop their lit­ter or gum, spoil­ing the area for ev­ery­one else.

“My mes­sage is this - if you drop lit­ter de­lib­er­ately you should be pre­pared to take the con­se­quences and be ac­count­able for your ac­tions.

He added: “You wouldn’t drop lit­ter on the floor of your home or garden, so why do it in pub­lic?”

MP for Peter­bor­ough Ste­wart Jack­son urged the coun­cil to take ac­tion.

He said: “Cathe­dral Square is a show case for the city cen­tre and it should be as clean as it’s pos­si­ble.

“There­fore, I do think as part of a wider at­tack on lit­ter the coun­cil needs to make sure ev­ery method is em­ployed to make sure it’s as clean and as pre­sentable as pos­si­ble.”

He called on the author­ity to “set the agenda” with two

Asec­tion of the new paving in Cath­dral Square is pock­marked by dropped chew­ing gum

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