Ballyclare councillor Pat McCudden has welcomed the launch of a new gum removal business in the borough, which aims to clean up the streets.
The Gum Removal Vehicle (GRV) is a solar assisted vehicle, which can be used effectively to remove chewing gum and other stains from pavements and other public areas.
Councillor Pat McCudden said: “I have witnessed first-hand how effective this machine can be and welcome the introduction of it into the Newtownabbey area. A number of areas across Ballyclare need to be cleaned up and I think the Gum Removal Vehicle would be a great help in doing this.
“I also have to commend Mark Holland and Robin Byers who have worked hard to make their business dream a reality. In these challenging times it is great to see a new business thriving in the Newtownabbey area.
“The GRV could be a great asset to Newtownabbey Borough Council, if they decide to invest in its services. Chewing gum and other rubbish scattered across Ballyclare only serve to ruin the look of the town, especially at a time when we should be doing what we can to encourage investment.”
The business idea - which has found great success in Australia - was brought to Northern Ireland by Mark Holland and Robin Byers, directors of GRV Ireland. The partners took part in a business start-up course at Mallusk Enterprise Centre and brought the idea to life with the help of funding from GROW South Antrim.