Gum Control

Homer: Oh, that. No, I was just grabbing a gummi Venus de Milo that got stuck to your pants. 
Woman: Yeah, right. That's the oldest excuse in the book.
- The Simpsons, Homer Badman

Here is a Council campaign, the aims of which every sane man and woman of Lewisham can support. BC doesn't support the death penalty, but if we did, it would be for gum-droppers. However, we're not sure about all the means - the gum boards sound revolting:

Lewisham Council is working with the Chewing Gum Action Group throughout March on a national campaign to warn people to stop dropping used chewing gum on the streets of Lewisham or risk a £75 fine.

In a 2010 survey by Local Environment Quality, gum stains accounted for over a quarter of all stains found on Lewisham streets and research has shown that the most likely people to drop gum are in the 16-34 age range. Lewisham is one of 15 local authorities nationwide to have pledged support for the campaign to help make Britain’s streets free of littered gum.

The campaign is being supported by borough partners including Lewisham College, Goldsmiths College and Millwall Football Club PLC.

Measures will include:

- Gum Boards – special boards where people can stick their used gum – will be erected in Lewisham and Catford town centres.
- Free gum ‘wrap-it’ pouches - will be distributed by Goldsmiths’ student union throughout March
- Lamppost banners – will be displayed in Dartmouth Road and Deptford High Street
- Millwall Football Club – will display a message to fans on their big screen at their home games on 17 and 24 March at The Den.
- Gum advert - six students studying Media Production at Lewisham College will showcase their one-minute film advert called The Gum to Lewisham Young Mayor Kieran Lang.

35 comments:

CapnPatch said...

Yes, removable gum is the best answer, but what chance of that being imposed on the industry?

While 16-34s are being encouraged to modify their behaviour, perhaps they can be reminded that spitting is even more disgusting than gum.

Anonymous said...

The gum boards (which I recall seeing in County durham over 10 years ago) are truly horrid to look at. Just means used chewing gum is now at eyelevel - yuk. Also I think the majority of people who are going to use them are the people who would otherwise have put gum in the bin anyway. Let's face it,this borough is chock full of people who think it's perfectly acceptable to spit in the street, with or wothout gum added to the effluent.

Anonymous said...

And the spitting is coming from all age groups. In fact, I see more older people doing it than younger.

Anonymous said...

The spitting is an Indian thing. If you notice pavements looking orange it's because of them spitting something called 'pan' onto them.

Lou Baker said...

£75 fine?

Seriously. We need to crack down much much harder on these people.

The absolute best way to stop people doing this sort of anti-social stuff is inflict on them what they inflict on others.

So, in this case, you allow the community in to their homes to stick used gum all over their stuff.

Similarly, people who allow their dog to foul should have dog mess dumped on their doorstep and their shoes smeared in poo.

Graffiti 'artists' should have their possessions graffitied.

Burglars should have their homes ransacked.

Enough is enough.

BrockleyKate said...

Spitting is utterly vile.

Brockley Nick said...

@BK - agreed. And totally unnecessary.

Lady in the Well said...

I agree with anon@11.02. The people who would stick gum to the boards are the ones who would have put it in a bin.

I love living in this area but one of the worst things is the spitting. I was walking past the bus stop the other day and someone hocked up a big one, turned and gobbed it onto the pavement missing my baby's buggy by an inch. It was disgusting. And it was a middle aged woman.

D said...

It's good to see the council trying to do something about this, but like Lou said - they need to be more forceful with their approach or it wont make the blindest bit of difference.

Maybe they could tackle people throwing their fag ends on the floor whilst they're at it. Maybe a poster campaign that points out that magical cleanup fairies don't exist. If you drop crap on the floor and it isn't there when you go back, it's because some poor council worker has picked it up for you!

Lady in the Well said...

Maybe the money should be spent on a outdoor advertising campaign similar to the one where the teenagers face turns into a pig when he drops litter.

Anonymous said...

While we're at it can we get people to stop dropping fag ends around Brockley in a similar manner?

I suspect this suggestion will gain less traction due to the mung bean elite's fondness for smoking (and dropping) artisan rollups

Bakerloo said...

Sharia law seems popular in Telegraph Hill

nburdy said...

Being a newly resident Singaporean I must say - ban the stuff. Walking on pavements that don't have years of grey sticky filth all over them is really quite nice.

So, my answer is forget the gum boards, hang em at dawn.

TJ said...

The £75 fines may be a deterrant if ever issued. I suspect the number that have is very low. It's ok for the council to have a campaign as that means putting signs and boards up and walking away. it's enforcement that is needed. A concerted effort at fining people would see a change in beaviour.

Its not just spitting and gum either - I ;ve seen cars going up tressillian Road, dumping rubbish out of the window as they go (usually softdrink bottles and take away wraapers)

Moronymous said...

Anonymous 12:18. Yeah, right on - the mung bean elite! I hate them. Dropping fag ends like everyone else but er... different. And women - they sometimes drop fag ends too. With bits of lipstick on! Filthy whores.

Do you fancy a pint?

terrencetrentderby said...

i throw my chewing gum in bushes where no one can see them

Anonymous said...

It's a fair comment - the local artisan crowd are never without a fag in their mouth (that ends up on the pavement, because fagends aren't litter, you know?)

terrencetrentderby said...

oh if you want to see spitting walk round the back of a chinese restaurant and watch the staff on their fag breaks, spitarama if you like that sort of thing

terrencetrentderby said...

if people didnt drop fag ends how would tramps make their famous butt rollies?

not everyone has an arts council grant to live on

Brockley Nick said...

Anon

" because fagends aren't litter, you know?"

Nobody has ever said that. If someone did, that person would be a moron. But they don't.

D said...

Maybe they haven't said it Nick, but that's certainly the view I get from the smokers that I see (nothing to do with the weird anti-Brockley-mung issue of the anonymous). It's just an accepted part of the habit that when you finish, you chuck it on the floor.
The only thing more annoying is people who throw litter on the floor just a matter of inches away from a perfectly usable bin.

Brockley Nick said...

@D - well then you will love tomorrow's BC exclusive.

Anonymous said...

Is a new Brockley hand-rolling club launching?

butt... I do put them in the bin said...

actually I always put my fag butt in the bin - people don't half give you funny looks though! Like I'm the freak!
I also have got to the age (34) where I tell kids and teenagers to pick stuff up, or sometimes I pick it up and go after them and say 'excuse me, I think you dropped this' most of the time they think they've dropped their oyster card or something and by the time I've put the crisp packet in their hand it's too late MWHAHAHAHAHA. I've also been known to say 'language!' to kids swearing on the bus. I am totes old. AND I tell people off for spitting - especially disgusting and probably dangerous when you consider the high rate of TB in the borough...

DJ said...

I've given up now but I always used to put mine in the bin too. Most people I know did/do too. Despite smoking roll-ups and no doubt being considered 'mungs' by some tedious, strangely obsessed dullard on here...

Anonymous said...

I always see people flicking rollups everywhere before they go into the delis.

CapnPatch said...

There are two types of people in the world, those who drop litter (including gum) and those who wouldn't dream of dropping litter. Likewise there are people who spit in the street and there are people who wouldn't dream of spitting in the street. There might even be some correlation. Any more categories?

Westsider said...

"I always see people flicking rollups everywhere before they go into the delis."

No you don't.

Lou Baker said...

Why would anyone smoke roll ups.

Cigarettes are for numpties.

Roll ups are for numpties with a hygiene problem.

If you smoke them, you stink.

You might not think you do, but you do.

And you have horrible skin, hair, yellow teeth and will die young too.

And nobody actually likes you very much either.

Welcome to 2012 said...

Since we're "telling it like it is" the reality is that delis are almost always frequented by relatively affluent people under 60, who rarely smoke anything, let alone rollies.

The anons have again confused their stereotypes.

Outside the Wickham, on the other hand, the place is carpeted with fag ends of all sorts.

Mondee said...

An admirable campaign. However, in my opinion a much more pressing issue is the increasing amount of dog shit on our pavements. It is utterly disgusting. I walk to and from my children's school 3 times a day and it is like running a gauntlet. All eyes to the pavement at all times. Every day there are new deposits of every shape, size and consistency. I'm afraid my children hear me say all too often 'dog owners should be shot'. I hate irresponsible selfish dog owners even more than chewing gum-spitter-outers.

Anonymous said...

Someone at the Council is really paid to come out with this rubbish. With all the problems of Lewisham, I think they should concentrate on something more urgent...

patrick1971 said...

Isn't this typical "loony left" thinking! This campaign will achieve, to use a very expressive Australianism, 5/8 of bugger all. And all the money and effort and time that will have gone into it! Just pay a few police to fine people. It's classic broken windows stuff; stop people breaking the small laws, and they won't go on to break the big laws.

Anonymous said...

Got a horrible big ball of it on the sole of my shoe this very evening in Greenwich. But this alas is a waste of time and money. Singapore has it under control, but who wants to live in such a controlling one party state. Not me for sure.

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