Borough council to foot £18,000 bill to clean chewing gum from Basingstoke's Top of The Town (From Andover Advertiser)
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Borough council to foot £18,000 bill to clean chewing gum from Basingstoke's Top of The Town
Work has begun in London Street and Winchester Street, and will move to take in Castons Walk, Joices Yard, Potters Street, Church Street and Wote Street.
Deploying chewing gum removal experts and special equipment is costing £18,000. The work is due to be complete by November 6.
Following the clean-up, the council’s community safety patrol officers will use their enforcement powers to ensure the Top of The Town area stays as clean as possible.
Councillor Ranil Jayawardena, the council’s deputy leader, said: “We want to bring back real pride in our historic town centre.
“Giving the pavements in the streets leading into the Market Place a really good clean is one of the ways we are investing in a better environment for the area.
“We hope people will dispose of their gum in the bins in the future to keep the pavements cleaner – and our patrolling officers will work to ensure that this happens.”
Next week, a £280,000 county and borough council-backed 22-week project to repave Market Place gets underway.
The project will result in the temporary relocation of the Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday markets to the area between the back of Debenhams and the Central car park for the duration of the work.
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