‘Calm and quiet’ Norwich tops poll of English towns

'Calm and quiet' Norwich tops poll of English towns

20 June 2013

One in four Norwich residents is most proud about the city’s calm, quiet atmosphere and lack of crime according to an independent survey commissioned by the People United - a coalition of unions including Unite, GMB, PCS, CWU and Unison.

The finding is the highest in a survey of 14 English towns and cities involved in this summer’s People United bus tour, which also found that beneath the tranquility nearly one in three (30 per cent) people in Norwich are worried about either money or their job.

The tour, which arrives in Norwich on Monday 24 June, with a People’s question time from 19.00-21.00 at the Kings Centre (see below for details), is capturing the effect of the government’s failed austerity experiment on communities.

With well over half (57 per cent) of Norwich respondents thinking the government should change tack and invest in jobs and growth, the People United is also asking people to share their ideas to get the economy growing and help build the People’s manifesto to change our country for the better. 

After the question time on the following day, Tuesday 25 June, the People United bus will be offering advice and information on local campaigns from 10.00-14.00 outside the Forum Millennium library. On board the buses will be trade union experts and community specialists to offer advice and information on problems in and out-of-work.

Unite regional officer Mark Robinson said: "What is clear is that the people of Norwich love their city and feel safe and secure. However the government's failing economic policies are causing worry and hardship for ordinary people.

“Food banks and job insecurity have become a way of life for too many people. People United believes it doesn’t have to be this way. This is why we are in Norwich offering help and support and gathering people’s ideas for improving their city and their country. 

“We’d urge everyone to come along to the People’s question time and meet the bus and help us build the people’s manifesto with ideas for decent jobs and wages, protecting our NHS and giving our young people a future. This is a fantastic opportunity to make your voice heard and to make a difference." 


Contact the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065

Notes to editors:

Survation interviewed 1,451 UK adults by telephone on 3-14 June 2013 in Blackpool, Bristol, Coventry, Leicester, Hartlepool, Hastings, Hull, Leeds, Middlesbrough, Norwich, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Stoke-on-Trent. Data were weighted to the profile of all adults aged 18+ in the relevant cities. Survation is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. 

Norwich Question Time: 

Monday 24 June from 19.00-21.00 at the Kings Centre, King Street, Norwich, NR1 1PH. 

The following community leaders have been confirmed for the question time: 

Chair: Kirsty Scales, Unison
Panel: Pilgrim Tucker, Unite; Paul Moffat, CWU; Ed Bober, Norfolk Coalition Against the Cuts; Dr Chris Edwards, economist from the University of East Anglia; and Clive Lewis, Labour prospective parliamentary candidate for Norwich.