Cleethorpes chewing gum being removed in Christmas clean up

Cleethorpes Chewing gum being removed in Christmas clean up

North East Lincolnshire Council are cleaning away chewing gum from the streets of Cleethorpes ahead of the busy festive shopping period.

The cleaning is being funded by the government’s ‘Welcome Back Fund’ and will last around twenty days, having started on Monday 22 November.

Eco Removal Systems will be removing gum from three key areas: High Street, between Barclays Bank and Sea Road, Sea Road itself and the main thoroughfare of St Peter’s Avenue.

Cllr Callum Procter, Cabinet member for tourism, said:

“This funding is one off, and a chance for us to work on improving some problem areas.

“Chewing gum deposits are notoriously hard to remove, so we thought we’d take the opportunity and get rid of a bit of a build up.

“However, the best thing, of course, would be for people to use litter bins rather than the floor!”

The gum will be removed using specialist equipment with eco-friendly detergent being shot out at almost boiling point, vaporising the gum with minimal effort.

This method means that no roads are needed to be closed off and disruption is minimised for those doing their Christmas shopping early.

This funding is not linked to the £10 million scheme launched by the government and independent charity Keep Britain Tidy in August.

The funding is instead part of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)-funded covid recovery scheme launched across the UK.

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