Cleanliness in the city centre comes from http://www.manchesteronline.co.uk/news/content.cfm?story=281666
City blitz on gum shame
MANCHESTER citizens are being urged to chew over the consequences of spitting out gum. The city council is spending £20,000 to remove chewing gum spat out by litter louts in key areas of the city centre.
The move is designed to clean up the city in time for the Commonwealth Games in July. The council has hired a specialist company to blitz problem areas using hot water and a high-pressure lance.
So far, the team has been working in Exchange Square and St Ann's Square. Other areas to be targeted will include King Street, Albert Square, Piccadilly and St Peter's Square.
Deputy leader of the council - and the city's chief grimebuster - Martin Pagel warned that people caught spitting out gum could face the council's wrath.
"We have powers to impose fines for dropping litter, including chewing gum and are prepared to use them," he said.
"We hope we can persuade people to behave in a more responsible way and to think more carefully about the effect of grimy, rubbish-strewn streets on the city's appearance."
Gordon McKinnon, chief executive of the Manchester City Centre Management Company, said: "Gum is litter and littering is a criminal offence which can result in fines of up to £2,500."