Town centre litter ‘plague’ condemned

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MORE must be done to tackle litter and chewing gum in Kirkintilloch.

That is the view of Lex Gaston, chairman of Business for Kirkintilloch, who claims that cutbacks mean the town centre is not cleaned as often as it once was – with litter regularly seen scattered around the main shopping streets.

He told the Herald: “Like everywhere else, people in Kirkintilloch unfortunately often drop litter.

“I can remember when East Dunbartonshire Council used to have a couple of workers who would go up and down Cowgate and Townhead collecting rubbish.

“There should be somebody there every day keeping the place clean. If the town centre looks tidy it encourages people to keep it tidy.”

Mr Gaston is also puzzled that the council seem to be reluctant to use two chewing gum removal machines in the town, purchased for nearly £5,000 in 2009.

He said: “They bought these two machines, but as far as I am aware they never seem to use them.

“It seems such a waste - they could even make some money out of them by renting them out to businesses.”

But Dr Lynn Thrower, the council’s roads and neighbourhood operations manager, insisted the machines were being used.

She said: “The council has a chewing gum removal programme in place, which this year so far has successfully tackled various shop fronts in Bishopbriggs, Lennoxtown and Milngavie and will tackle other areas as the programme progresses.

The removal of chewing gum is a particularly challenging and timely activity, yet is extremely worthwhile as it improves the overall aesthetic value of our streets and town centres.”

Dr Thrower added that financial cutbacks had not impacted on town centre cleansing.

She said: “There has been no reduction in the street cleansing activity in the Cowgate area. In fact, the council has in place a designated team which visits Cowgate on a daily basis to tackle litter and improve cleanliness in the town centres.”

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