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Chewing gum snow storm in town centre

Councillor Robert Smith picturd in Thomas St where some of the worst cases of chewing gum littering is evident. INPT07-211.

Councillor Robert Smith picturd in Thomas St where some of the worst cases of chewing gum littering is evident. INPT07-211.

Too many people are making ‘piggies’ of themselves, as in the TV anti-litter advert, especially by the amount of chewing gum being spat onto the streets of Portadown, Councillor Robert Smith has insisted.

So he is getting stuck into a campaign for the borough council to remove it, and to step up the £80-a-time litter fine, for all sorts of rubbish cast aside in the town.

“When you look at parts of Portadown, it’s like a snow storm has started,” he said. “There are hot spots all over the place – just down from our DUP office in Thomas Street, in certain parts of High Street and in Woodhouse Street.

“It’s a disgrace. There isn’t a street in the town that’s not splattered with chewing gum stuck to the pavement. And it’s a major job even scraping a few pieces off the pavements and roads.”

Mr Smith added that at £80-a-time, the council should increase its wardens, and concentrate especially on chewing gum, but also on litter like waste paper, cigarette butts and on dog fouling.

“I’ve already spoken to our environmental health department, I’m raising it in the council,” he said. And I’m suggesting we hire out a specialist machine that freezes the chewing gum in order to remove it, as they do in Belfast. After that, we must step up detection and keep the publicity and the court cases going.

“It isn’t acceptable. Craigavon Borough Council will cease to exist in 2015 when he merge with Armagh and Bainbridge. We must hand over a tidy area, and encourage the new regime to keep it that way. The place just looks disgusting – I suggest to everyone to look down at the pavement next time they’re uptown and examine the mess.

“And I would ask people not to spit out chewing gum under any circumstances. All they need is to carry a small plastic bag to contain it, as in the anti-dog-fouling laws. And it would be much simpler to activate.”

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