NEIGHBOURS are continuing their campaign against a habit which is still blighting their area.
The Sudbury Town Residents’ Association met on Wednesday, February 13, and resolved to ramp up the fight against paan spitting a year after it was first launched.
People are concerned that the habit of those buying the red tobacco from small shops in Harrow Road and the town centre and spitting it on the street is still leaving a mark in Sudbury.
Francis Henry, member of the residents’ association, said: “It is something you have to do to keep awareness and pressure up. It did get better after our initial campaign. We have resurrected the posters and we are hoping to hold an awareness day soon.”
He said that the shops which sell the paan, are supposed to give away plastic bags with it so people have somewhere to spit the red substance rather than on to the pavement, where it leaves a mark.
They have been working with the Safer Neighbourhood Team in the area to crack down on the practice and people will now receive an £80 fine if they are caught spitting.
Sudbury Town was recently awarded Neighbourhood Forum status and they are hoping to use a special pot of money to pay for raising awareness and possibly a CCTV camera which would catch people along the road.
Mr Francis, who owns a business in the area and lives in Compton Avenue, said: “Paan was high on the agenda at the meeting. We wanted to combat it.
“If you see an area which looks dirty and there is rubbish around and other people are doing it you are more likely to follow suit. If there are signs everywhere which tells you not to and the area is clean you are less likely to. It leaves stains.”