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|Posted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 4:49 am Post subject: L&H Could Soon Be Tackling Chewing Gum On The Streets!!!
Article published in the Northwest Evening Mail - 24/09/07
ANOTHER FINE MESS
TO millions of people Laurel and Hardy will be remembered for their hilarious silver screen antics.
But the comedy duo may soon have a new role – tackling the sticky social menace of chewing gum on our pavements.
Ulverston town councillor Norman Bishop-Rowe believes gummy bins could be the answer to the festival town’s growing amount of chewing gum dropped on streets.
Cllr Bishop-Rowe feels the unmistakable faces of Laurel and Hardy emblazoned on the front of gummy bins would encourage people to use the proposed facilities.
Speaking at an Ulverston Town Council meeting last week, Cllr Bishop-Rowe said: “There is a problem with chewing gum on the pavements in Ulverston, particularly around the bus station, on King Street and at Market Place.
“There is also a problem in Grange. When I was recently at the White Rose shopping centre in Yorkshire, I came across a small face on a lamp-post with a little box for the deposit of chewing gum.
“There may be other characters available, such as Laurel and Hardy faces, which we could use in the town. The bins are a much more hygienic method for disposing of gum.”
Councillor Janette Jenkinson agreed chewing gum is a problem because it “costs a fortune” to remove it from pavements.
GUMMY BIN: One of the chewing gum disposal units which may be adorned with images of Laurel and Hardy
But Councillor Colin Hodgson raised concerns over the cost of the bins. Despite welcoming “anything that helps to keep chewing gum off the pavements”, Cllr Hodgson said: “If the bins are going to cost a fortune, then I am not so sure.”
Cllr Bishop-Rowe has proposed the idea to South Lakeland District Council.
He said: “It would be the council staff who maintain and empty the bins around the town. I’ve suggested the idea to Lawrence Conway, the director of services at SLDC, who is making enquiries about the cost of the project.”
The bins used in the White Rose Centre in Leeds have a patented system which enables the gum placed in them to be recycled and turned into material for use in the construction of athletics tracks.
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