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Nov 01 2013

Harrow Council’s New Gum-Buster Crew Hit The Streets

High pressure hot water degrees in temperature makes short work of chewing gum as Harrow Council workers deep clean the town centre pavements.

Over ten days, crews using industrial-strength cleaners went over the footways at Station Road, St Ann’s Road and Peterborough Road. Working between 7.30pm and 1am to avoid disruption, Council staff blasted away hundreds of pieces of gum. The 15-degree fan jet is capable of removing a piece of gum in less than five seconds.

The action comes following the investment of more than £500,000 in environmental services by the authority. Part of that investment is funding action to ‘blitz’ areas of the borough where gum and litter may be nuisance. Earlier this month environmental officers cleaned around two miles of alleyway leading off Rayners lane, and monthly actions in different parts of Harrow – tackling everything from graffiti to overgrown park areas – are being planned.

gumblasterCllr Susan Hall, leader of Harrow Council and cabinet member for community safety and the environment, said: “Chewing gum is one of those low-level irritants that can nonetheless start to make streets and walkways look shabby. It is no secret that some of our shopping centres and open areas have looked tired in recent months, and we are reversing that through a substantial investment of money and manpower. Residents want us to clean up Harrow, and that is exactly what we are doing.”

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  1. Harrow Dude

    Just for the record that is not a council vehicle and those are not council workers. And since when did environmental officers officers go out cleaning alley ways. Less spin more facts please Susie

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