Gum ban plan aims to tackle a sticky problem

Mar 07, 2013


The After8 Group, a collection of city professionals and authorities working to promote the safety and prosperity of the Milton Keynes night-time economy, is calling on the public to air their views on discarded chewing gum being a major nuisance and the prospect of Milton Keynes becoming a gum-free zone.
Key leisure destinations including Xscape, the Theatre District and The Hub have voiced interest in the idea, which has already been implemented in Singapore. Pictured, Carys Underwood of tourism promoter Destination Milton Keynes, shows what she thinks of the growing problem with discarded gum.
The After8 Group has carried out several spot checks on pavements in the city centre. Group chairman Phil Winsor said: “Chewing gum littering has become an unattractive irritant that many wish to see the back of. We need to take on board the views of city centre users and in conjunction with Milton Keynes Council and partners identify solutions.”
The After8 Group has set up an email for people to contact them and share their views [email protected]
The response from the public and property owners will be collated and presented to discuss the next steps at the start of May 2013.
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