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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%.

2014 National Campaign for Courtesy AGM

You are invited to the National Campaign for Courtesy Annual General Meeting

from 12.30pm on
Saturday 7 June 2014

at

The Westminster Quaker Meeting House
8 Hop Gardens entrance
off St Martin’s Lane
London
WC2N 4EA

(View directions.)

There will be a buffet lunch at £10 per head – members and guests welcome. Please confirm attendance on 020 830 3707.

Programme

AGM

Officers/councillors/regional executives – reports

Election of officers. Any nominations for chairman, vice chairman, secretary, treasurer, membership secretary must be received at Surbiton head office by 31 May.

Lunch

Introduction of guests. Photographs by Patron Doug McKenzie and John McKenzie.

Interviews

Special guests (subject to arrangement) interviewed by Edward Thomas.

Launch of courtesy top town project

Report by Councillor Liz Hall.

Question and Answer debate

Guest panellists chaired by David Williams MBE

Raffle

Organised by Councillor Vanessa Bond