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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%.

When people don’t use litter bins

Our transport spokesperson, Vanessa Bond, took this photo of litter left on a bench at Green Park Underground station in London right next to a sign asking people to use the litter bins provided.

Litter on bench at Green Park Underground stationVanessa says: “It just amazed me that, there were directions to a bin – and a bin there – and yet someone felt it all right to leave the remains of their food on the bench.”

Do you see this when you are commuting?

How do you feel about people not making the effort to put their litter, especially takeaway wrappers, in bins provided?

Do you want to travel with this?

When you travel on public transport, it’s a much better experience when trains and buses are clean and tidy. Sadly, this is not always the case.

Vanessa Bond is the National Campaign for Courtesy’s representative for travel and transport and takes a keen interest when she is travelling. Lately she has been focusing on the amount of litter people leave on the London Underground and has been taking photos as a record.

“It annoys me intensely that people are so inconsiderate and just leave everything behind them,” says Vanessa. “One of the photos shows a can of beer left on a seat, and alcohol is banned on public transport!

“The trains always leave their depots very clean, but within minutes they become like rubbish tips.  The same can be said for South West Trains that I also travel on frequently.  The worst is coffee spilt all over the floor.”

What are your thoughts? Does litter spoil your experience of public transport? Do you think everyone should take their litter with them?

Litter on trains

Litter on trains

Litter on trains

Litter on trains