KL.FM Off-Air, by Ross Birkenshaw, March 14, 2017

KLFM's Simon Rowe.
KLFM's Simon Rowe.

Last week was a busy one for the team here at KL.FM, especially for Simon Rowe from Breakfast. He was out and about, visiting local businesses as part of our Love Your Town tour. Dozens of firms were visited to share the love of where they are based. It was great hearing so many people talk with such pride and enthusiasm about “their town” and what it means to them.

I have often said in this column, just how lucky I am to live and work in such a beautiful, historic and amazing town such as King’s Lynn.

However, I am growing increasingly of the belief there’s a number of people who, instead of being proud of King’s Lynn, they find it easier to criticise and complain, moan and berate those in charge. This is often demonstrated in many of the council meetings. Two issues in particular crop up regularly. Dog mess and litter.

Don’t get me wrong. I totally understand the annoyance of both issues. All too often I might be taking a stroll through The Walks on a Sunday afternoon and see some irresponsible dog owner not cleaning up after them. Or it could be someone in the centre of town not bothering to find a bin to dispose of their burger wrapper. They just don’t seem to care or have pride in where they live and work. With continuing pressures on our public services, they should not be harassed with issues like this, often by the same group of people. Our borough councillors do a good job in keeping the area clean, tidy and presentable for visitors and residents alike. The brave men and women from the King’s Lynn police station who patrol our streets should be respected and appreciated.

Instead, I firmly believe we should police ourselves a little bit more. If I see someone not clearing up after their dog, I politely tell them. If I spot a litter-lout, a gentle nudge or “Excuse me, I think you dropped something…” – a little bit of social embarrassment can work wonders. Come on everyone, let’s all have a bit more pride.