Gum Councillors - something to chew over.
In a textbook pointing squat Cllr Alan Dean tells the Herts and Essex Observer that “Station Road is particularly blighted by gum blots” His tongue twisting tantrum is by no means a solo voice. Many Gum Councillors across the country are enraged by sticky blots on the landscape.
So, what better than a public awareness campaign - for all those members of the public who were hitherto not aware of … err …gum? … pavements? ..chewing? … anyway Jovial Bristolian Cllr Gary Hopkins demonstrates the seriousness of the issue by declaring “Zero Tolerance” and posing in this startling image. (For which I am grateful to a Twitter correspondent @BristolRed
whose name I have mislaid.)
Cllr Gary is the serious looking one in the middle.
Apparently Bristol is one of 12 cities across the country that have joined together for this year’s annual campaign by the Chewing Gum Action Group - demonstrating at least that the anticipated Bonfire of the Quangoes is not yet burning as brightly as some may have feared.
If public awareness is not the answer how about offering an alternative method of disposal? Last year Harlow Council set up these gum disposal points introduced by a jolly bunch of Cllrs as part of the Harlow “Together we can … Clean up our Town” campaign.
Yes that’s right “Together we Can … Clean Up our Town” what a triumph of marketing - some junior PR officer arrived at work after the US election fired up by the eloquent oratory of the first black US president. He decided to take the soaring, world-changing, inspirational rhetoric of President Obama and applied it to …dog-fouling, discarded fried chicken, fag-ends and gum spat into the gutter … Ahh well - give them enough hope…
… to be continued