Stourport man stands up for town

STANDING UP: A Stourport man has been

STANDING UP: A Stourport man has been "upset" by online comments about the town.

First published in News Kidderminster Shuttle: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A STOURPORT man has criticised a website for giving his home town a bad name.

Jonathan Evans, 60, came across ilivehere.co.uk when searching for reviews of Stourport and he was shocked by the “unfair” comments, which were submitted by users of the internet site, about his place of residence.

He has contacted the webpage’s operators to request the offensive details are removed, but without success so far, and is calling on other Stourport residents to submit more positive appraisals of the town.

The main abusive comment, which can be found at ilivehere.co.uk/stourport-on-severn.html, describes Stourport as “a truly awful place” which “accommodates chavs nicely” and has “absolutely nothing cultural or interesting”.

Several people replied to the review on the website and some defended the town, calling it “friendly” and a place for “happy living”.

Mr Evans said: “'I was very upset to read the initial comment on the website and some of the subsequent comments from people who were very unhappy with the first review.

“To counter this I have asked the website to remove the initial comment, so far without success, as it paints a very unfair picture of Stourport and the thousands of holidaymakers who visit us.

“This website could impact tourism and property values if it is not amended and I urge fellow residents to write more accurate reports of our picturesque riverside town.”

A footnote on the website states ilivehere.co.uk “accepts no responsibility for the comments, nor any content on this site that is posted or provided by third parties” and “disclaims all liability for such content to the fullest extent permitted by law”.

To complain about the review residents of Stourport can email abuse@ilivehere.co.uk

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12:48pm Wed 13 Aug 14

CynicalSid says...

Ilivehere.co.uk formerly chavtown.co.uk

Just because you disagree with someone else’s view of Sourport on Severn does not give you the right to ask for its removal from the website.

The clue is in the title – ‘I Live Here – Britain’s Worst Places to Live’.

Some of the views are valid tho`
Ilivehere.co.uk formerly chavtown.co.uk Just because you disagree with someone else’s view of Sourport on Severn does not give you the right to ask for its removal from the website. The clue is in the title – ‘I Live Here – Britain’s Worst Places to Live’. Some of the views are valid tho` CynicalSid
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5:50pm Wed 13 Aug 14

BewdleyBugle says...

This is a classic case of the Streisand Effect - the comments would have languished in a forgotten corner of the internet if it hadn't been advertised by the Shuttle (the original I Live Here article is eight years old for goodness sake!) . Traffic will be driven to the site, improving its visibility in internet searches about Stourport, and exacerbate the very problem that is trying to be addressed.

Well done everyone!
This is a classic case of the Streisand Effect - the comments would have languished in a forgotten corner of the internet if it hadn't been advertised by the Shuttle (the original I Live Here article is eight years old for goodness sake!) . Traffic will be driven to the site, improving its visibility in internet searches about Stourport, and exacerbate the very problem that is trying to be addressed. Well done everyone! BewdleyBugle
  • Score: 8

10:41am Fri 15 Aug 14

SailorAshore says...

I appreciate your comments, I asked for some of the later comments to be removed from the site, not the first. I wanted positive comments to be posted to balance the negative, the site is not in a 'forgotten corner ' as it is one of the first that comes up when you search Stourport on Severn as a place to live or visit. Jonathan
I appreciate your comments, I asked for some of the later comments to be removed from the site, not the first. I wanted positive comments to be posted to balance the negative, the site is not in a 'forgotten corner ' as it is one of the first that comes up when you search Stourport on Severn as a place to live or visit. Jonathan SailorAshore
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