DISCARDED chewing gum has plagued high street pavements and pathways for years, but this archive story from 2004 revealed a new machine designed to tackle the problem.

The Helensburgh concept was well ahead of the times 15 years ago...


CHEWING gum on pavements could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to a new machine being tested out by a Helensburgh action group.

The gum remover is the latest in a line of improvements brought to the town by Frontline Helensburgh, including beach cleaning and new flower tubs on the west promenade.

Spokesperson for Frontline Helensburgh, John Gilmour, said: “If today’s experiment is successful then the clean up of our pavements can be expected shortly as part of a drive to clean up and improve our town.

“Other potential projects include the renewal of the benches in Colquhoun Square, the provision of new litter bins, weeding of footpaths and kerbs, and cleaning up of the swimming pool car park.”

The partnership is made up of organisations including Helensburgh and Lomond Chamber of Commerce, the Retailers Association, Argyll and Bute Council and the Employability Task Force Team.