In a national ‘health check’ of every large town and city outside London, Southend has been rated the equal second greenest place to live in the UK. The overall top ranked greenest town is Bournemouth, which gained top marks. Southend came equal second with Ipswich in the study by property consultant, LSH.
It scored 28 out of a maximum 30 points based on per capita indicators measuring recycling statistics, energy consumption and carbon emissions in the UK Vitality Index. The UK Vitality Index highlights Southend as a leading UK town in terms of its environmental credentials. With the support of residents, we’ve increased recycling by 16 percent in just five years, diverting some 12,000 tonnes more waste away from landfill and saved around £1.2 million.