Company given a Royal reason for cleaning streets

CLEAN UP Gum Clear managing director Martin Whitbread, left, and commercial director Jared Brading.     Picture: Steve Reid (111131-607)
CLEAN UP Gum Clear managing director Martin Whitbread, left, and commercial director Jared Brading. Picture: Steve Reid (111131-607)
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INNOVATIVE Fareham company Gum Clear has been asked to do a very special clean-up: making the pavements around Westminster Abbey sparkling in time for the Royal wedding.

The machine the company uses works entirely on steam, meaning local councils and businesses can use it without having to worry about power supply.

It also means it can be used while pedestrians are still using the pavement.

The machine has already won an award for innovation at The Cleaning Show at the NEC in Birmingham.

Owner Martin Whitbread said: ‘We’ve had interest in the machines from America, Chile and Russia, because it’s a worldwide problem.

‘Jim Vincent, the clerk of works at Westminster Abbey, heard about us originally because we were invited to London by Boris Johnson to see how we could get rid of gum for the Olympics.

‘It’s not like we’re making the wedding cake or anything, but we are a local company contributing in our own way to the Royal wedding.’

Two days before the wedding, on April 29, the machine will be on the streets getting them clear.

Once the initial gum is removed and the pavements cleaned – all with the same machine – they can be kept clean with Gum Clear’s smaller machine, which is roughly the size of a shopping trolley.

They are marketing the machine to local authorities and other organisations worldwide.

‘It only uses two litres of water an hour so the public can be around when it’s done, which means the public can see the councils are doing something about the problem.

‘It’s a high-profile way of doing it.’