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The streets of Hunstanton have just got cleaner

The team from Hunstanton collect their chewing gum removal device.

Published: Friday, 21st June 2019

It can be frustrating when you walk along and step in chewing gum that has been discarded on the floor. Helped by council staff, volunteers in Hunstanton are now keeping the streets clean.

A new chewing gum removal machine has been bought by the borough council following a grant of £26,636 from the ministry for housing, communities and local government to be spent on community clean up.

Councillor Ian Devereux, Cabinet Portfolio holder for the Environment, said: “Although I would always encourage people to use the many bins available around the borough, these devices are an environmentally friendly way of removing sticky chewing gum and other substances that end up on the ground and they keep our streets clean.

“We have been using a chewing gum removal machine in King’s Lynn town centre for several years and I’m delighted that this grant has allowed us to buy permanent machines for Hunstanton and Downham Market

“We are also expanding our community clear up equipment with litter picking kits and flagged wheelie bins for events”.

David Thomas looks after keeping the streets of King’s Lynn clean and was part of the borough council team who delivered the new machine to the volunteers in Hunstanton, he trained them in how to use it.

Borough council workers will also be using a new machine in Downham Market in the next few weeks.

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