Chester's proud residents achieve high scores in cleanest streets research

14 February 2022

Cheshire West and Chester Council is delighted to discover that not only does the city of Chester have some of the proudest residents in the UK, but its streets are among the cleanest in the country too.

Chester has been ranked within the top five in a list of the cleanest cities in the UK according to research published this month.

Chester scored an impressive 75 out of 100. This placed the City third, level with Lincoln. A score only beaten by Exeter with 79.17 and Durham, first with 87.50.

Recently, Chester also ranked fifth in a list of UK cities that take the most pride in their neighbourhood.  Chester has 11.12 community groups per 10,000 people, the highest score in the research, which contributed to the City achieving its high-ranking position.

Both studies were carried out by Buildworld.  They factored in cleanliness, the quality of the city's green parks, the community interest in recycling, council expenditure on environmental and regulatory services and the number of community groups and initiatives. This then generated an overall 'pride' score for each city which is then compared with others across the country.

The Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, Councillor Karen Shore said: 

“This is wonderful news for both our proud StreetCare teams, who keep Chester looking good from the very early hours of the morning, every day of the year; and our host of brilliant volunteers who work with us to make a difference in their communities.

“I’m not surprised we have scored so highly in the ‘pride’ element of this research, we have some outstanding community groups right across the borough, not just in Chester, from littering-picking wombles to ‘Friends of groups’ who work tirelessly in our stunning parks.

“The results say it all – a top five place in the country’s cleanest streets.  Congratulations and thank you to everyone involved in making Chester a clean and beautiful city.  I am incredibly proud too.”

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