Litter-free Shrewsbury named ‘Top Town 2014’

We loathe littering most

Of the eight pet-hate topics listed in the 2014 National Campaign for Courtesy questionnaire, 77.75% of members placed littering way above all other bad behaviour categories. This compared with cold calling (phone or doorstep visits) which scored (58%), swearing in public (57%) and spitting in public (53%).

“It is litter strewn streets that are so despicable and destroy a town’s image” says Campaign Chairman, Peter G Foot. “Discarded bottles, cans, fast food cartons, cigarette ends and chewing gum are the blight of our town centres. Fortunately, many suburban streets residents are proud to display tidy and often spectacularly attractive front gardens. They take pride in living in a tidy community”.

‘Top Town’ award for Shrewsbury

(from left) The Top Town 2014 trophy presented by Campaign Central West England Regional Executive Liz Hall to the Mayor of Shrewsbury, Councillor Beverley Baker, accompanied by Campaign Chairman Peter G Foot(from left) The Top Town 2014 trophy presented by Campaign Central West England Regional Executive Liz Hall
to the Mayor of Shrewsbury, Councillor Beverley Baker, accompanied by Campaign Chairman Peter G Foot

On 11 September, the Shrewsbury Town Council was awarded the National Campaign for Courtesy’s Top Town Trophy for 2014. Nominated by a long-standing Campaign member, the trophy was presented by Campaign Chairman Peter G Foot and Central West England Regional Executive Liz Hall to the Mayor of Shrewsbury, Councillor Beverley Baker, at the town’s Severn Theatre. The Top Town Trophy is to be presented annually and has been sponsored by Tony Bywater MBE and his company Salop Leisure Ltd. of Emstrey, Shropshire.

Earlier visits by Peter Foot and Liz Hall to the town during 2014 convinced them that this year’s award to Shrewsbury was well merited. Virtually encircled by the picturesque River Severn, the town’s beautiful parks and floral displays, together with superb architecture, nine churches and a castle all proved very attractive. “It was all breathtaking and amazingly, the streets and parks were litter free” Mr Foot confirmed.

The questionnaire’s top eight categories were chosen from a list of topics raised from over 120 radio and newspaper interviews carried out since 2013 and included inconsiderate driving/parking, binge drinking, public transport behaviour (food consumption, feet on seats, mobile phone noise) and bad shop/store service. Approximately 25-30% of members condemned such behaviour.

Diminished trust poll

In this section of the Campaign questionnaire, members confirmed they had lost trust in the following public service sectors: Politicians (58%), Banks (52%), National Press (47%), Police (43%) and the BBC (30%). In comparison to the BBC, both ITV and Channel 4 only registered 9% dissatisfaction and Channel 5 and Sky registered even lower at 7%.