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Thousands spent removing chewing gum from Surrey pavements

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Thousands spent removing chewing gum from Surrey pavements

Published at 11:32am 2nd January 2019. (Updated at 12:21pm 2nd January 2019)

Three Surrey borough councils spent a combined total of more than £18,000  last year trying to remove chewing gum from pavements.

Figures revealed as part of a Freedom of Information request show Woking, Guildford and Surrey Heath councils forked out the sum in 2017/2018.

Woking spent the most - an estimated £10,000.

Guildford Borough Council spent £6,000,  and Surrey Heath £2,840.

The remaining eight boroughs and districts either did not have any data or did not carry out the work.

It estimated the average piece of gum costs about 3p to buy, but it can cost up to 50 times that to clean up per square metre.

In 2017, the Local Government Association said it cost local authorities nearly £60 million a year to remove gum.

Woking is set to look at ways it can tackle the problem of people spitting gum on to pavements and streets when it meets with environmental campaign group Keep Britain Tidy this month.

 In October, Cllr Ken Howard raised the issue, saying he wanted the council to look into providing more bins.

His motion was adopted by the borough council's executive at its meeting on December 6.

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