Water way to beat sticky issue

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Work to clean up Hailsham’s town centre in the run up to Christmas has begun.

A town council team began work to remove chewing gum from the footpaths and paved areas in the High Street, George Street and Vicarage Field this week.

Works staff took to the streets with high pressure steam cleaning equipment to tackle the sticky problem.

It is part of the council’s on-going drive to keep the town clean, tidy and graffiti-free and comes in time for the December festivities in the town.

Steve McAuliffe, joint oversight Councillor for Environment at Hailsham Town Council, said: “Regrettably, due to the actions of a few irresponsible people who do not discard chewing gum in an appropriate way, we have to take this action to ensure the town centre is at its tidiest for the December festivities. Our gum and graffiti removal machine in particular is just part of our organised approach to improving the overall cleanliness of Hailsham and we will continue our efforts to make the environment cleaner and environmentally pleasing in the future.”

He added: “It is estimated that in the region of 20 million people in the UK chew gum and most chewing gum is discarded on the streets and roads.

“Dropping gum is inconsiderate, unhygienic and unsightly, and I would urge those who drop chewing gum to act responsibly and throw their gum in the nearest litter bin.”

To report cases of graffiti or other environmental annoyances contact the town council on 01323 841702 (during office hours) or email enquiries@hailsham-tc.gov.uk