Look at the state of that!
Pavements have been papped, streets have been summarised, judges have judged, and it’s finally time to announce the winners in The State of Our Streets Awards!
For the past month we’ve been receiving updates on your most loved or most loathed streets for The State of the Street Awards, and the “winner” has been found… Waterside South in Lincoln.
The panel of judges decided this entrant best demonstrated how a street can impacts on the pedestrian experience.
Nominator Jonathan Haw cited non-existent or overgrown footpaths, a lack of lighting, and poor water run off as the reasons behind his nomination.
“It may look like a little-used back road, but it is actually only a couple of minutes walk from the city centre and the main access to a major office development housing at least 1,000 workers, including some from Lincolnshire County Council - the very authority responsible for highways!” said Jonathan.
On a more positive note, our runner up, Abergavenny’s Library Square, was cited as an example of the results of proactive street maintenance by nominator Benita Kelly.
Previously a target antisocial behavior and overgrown through neglect, Victorian Street Neighbourhood campaigned to improve the area and received a grant from their Town council.
The local community worked together to clear the overgrown shrubs, repaint the benches and plant a small vegetable garden.
“People who use the square comment on the lovely bed and sit in the sun to enjoy a clean, pretty, safe and welcoming environment” said Benita.
Congratulations to Benita and all the hard working people in Abegavenny and commiserations to Jonathan!
Jonathan has won a digital camera, so fingers crossed he can capture some shots of a similar improvement to his area in the forthcoming months!
See the gallery below for more entries.