Milton Keynes may become first British town to introduce Singapore-style ban on chewing gums
London, Mar. 9 : Plans are being drawn up for a zero tolerance approach towards chewing gum in Milton Keynes, a town in Britain.
The town is planning to enforce a Singapore-style rule, with on-the-spot fines of 80 pounds for flouting the law.
The zero-tolerance approach was suggested after 22 pieces of discarded gum were found in one square foot of the town's pavement, the express.co.uk reports.
The proposal was put forward by a consortium of fed-up business people who kept treading in the 'irritant substance'.
Now, they have planned to lobby Milton Keynes Council, which spends hundreds of thousands of pounds cleaning pavements every year, to enforce a bylaw.
Business group spokesman Carmel Blyth said that "cleaning this mess up is an impossible task. It is costly and takes time, not to mention unpleasant'.
If the town of 250,000 people adopts a blanket ban it would bear striking similarities to the draconian rules brought in on the island republic of Singapore.
The strict ban on selling, importing or manufacturing gum was introduced by the city state's founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, who also became fed up with the litter.
It is thought police officers in Milton Keynes would be charged with enforcing the new ban and issuing fixed penalties to anyone caught breaking the law, it added.