Milton Keynes to be first UK town to ban chewing gum?

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Milton Keynes to be first UK town to ban chewing gum?


Milton Keynes could become the first town in Britain to ban chewing gum.

Campaigners proposed the idea after finding 22 pieces of gum on just one square foot of pavement.

According to MK News, After8, an organisation that promotes Milton Keynes' night time economy, is calling for the public to air their views on the matter.

The group says the idea of MK becoming a chewing gum-free town has garnered interest from key destinations like Xscape, The Hub, the Theatre District and the Midsummer Place Shopping Centre.

According to The Sun, Phil Winsor of After8, said: "Dropped chewing gum is unsightly and the local authority doesn't have the money to keep clearing it up. It's also extremely unpleasant if you step on a piece and get it stuck to your shoe."

It can cost up to 10p to remove each bit of gum ground into the pavement.

The council has previously installed special litter bins for used gum, which have not solved the ongoing problem.

Chewing gum has been banned in Singapore since 2004, but no such rule has yet been imposed in the UK.

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