KEEPING Ellesmere tidy has been identified as a key area to target after a questionnaire asking residents what they wanted to see. 

The survey was undertaken across the whole town at the back end of 2020 with the town council seeking views from residents.

This week, it confirmed that the questionnaire has shown that people want the council to focus its energies on establishing a volunteer group to keep the town tidy, youth services and finding ways to reduce its carbon footprint. 

A council spokesman said: "Many thanks to those of you who completed the town council’s questionnaire late last year. 

"We had a brilliant response.

"We’ve listened to what you said and have already carried out some actions, including setting up a volunteer group to litter pick and keep the town tidy; preparing the ground to pilot new youth groups and have started a carbon reduction challenge.

"We plan to help develop the tourist offer, including supporting developments at the Boatyard, tracks and trails; improve public transport; help older people to go digital, and support the development of the Business Park."

The town council reported that a total of 442 responses were received, accounting for around one-fifth of the households within its boundary.

Other issues raised in the summary of the survey include 'an appetite' for a broader range of shops and a substantial interest in more festivals and events in Ellesmere.

The survey results also indicated that more police were needed around Ellesmere and this will be communicated to West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion.

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