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Litter, litter everywhere!
Southport in general
Member Name: robqueen
Southport in general
Date: 01/06/01, updated on 03/06/01 (51 review reads)
Advantages: beautiful town
I was born and raised in Southport, then went away for 15 years or so, and now find myself back living in the old hometown. Having been away, I find I see the town in a different light. There are a lot of beauty spots that I never even noticed as a child, and so much wonderful architecture that I'd never really looked at until it was pointed out by my (Canadian) wife. So I'm seeing all kinds of things that I just never noticed before, because they were always there.
Growing up in the town, I took Lord Street for granted. Looking at it now, I can see what a collection of great architecture it is. It's got everything from Georgian-style housing to grand Victorian municipal buildings, to Victorian shopping arcades. It's more a place for window-shopping than actual shopping, though, unless you've got plenty of money to spare.
Moving towards the sea front, there are several parks, as well as the Marine Lake, which are great for walking around. Again, these are a legacy from those Victorians who built the town. The sea front leaves a lot to be desired, being one big building site at present, but maybe when the pier's finished later this year and the new Ocean Plaza gets done sometime this centiry (maybe), then things should be a lot better.
Heading away from the town centre, I'd strongly recommend visiting Churchtown. This is the oldest part o0f town, having been mentioned (under the name of Aragameols) in the Domesday book. There are plenty of cottages there dating back several centuries, and by the 17th century St Cuthberts church are 2 fine pubs - the Bold and the Hesketh. A short walk from here are the Botanic Gardens, which are great for the gardening enthusiast.
Unfortunately, there's one thing about the town that really lets it down. I never noticed it growing up here, but compared to just about any north American, or continental European, town centre, Southport is just incredibly litter-strewn! E
verything from cigarette butts to dog poo to McDonalds bags to old, out-of-service cars is just dumped wherever it lands. Hell, there was even a burnt-out train abandoned at the station for most of this week!
Now the question is - who's to blame for all this? Is it the fault of visitors to the town, dumping their litter and not caring because it's not their town? Or is it the town's residents? Or is it the council's fault for not cleaning up enough, and not providing enough bins?
I'd say it's a mix of the 3. You only have to see the debris left behind on Orange Day to see the evidence that people from out of town have a fondness for leaving their litter behind. And the fact that the litter isn't confined to the tourist areas proves that residents have to take part of the blame. And as for the council - the number of times I've seen overflowing bins surrounded by litter just doesn't bear thinking about.
And the solutions? Well, I don't really have any, but I think that if more bins were provided, and they were emptied more regularly, and if people thought a little before discarding their trash, then the world would be a better place.