Top 50 ‘worst’ places to live in UK unveiled – did your town make the list?

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Guildhall at Cathedral Square in Peterborough - Cambridgeshire, England


There’s only one thing Brits love more than telling people how great their home towns are, and that’s complaining about their home towns.

Whether we’re talking about comparatively deprived areas such as Jaywick, which one resident memorably described as ‘like a Brazilian favela’ or a posher market town such as Torquay – a town where, according to one disenchanted local “chavs outnumber the seagulls” – there’s always a bit of affectionate moaning going on.

After a two-month public vote, the definitive Top 50 of Britain’s worst towns has been released to inspire house hunters, and maybe provide a few laughs, as we go into 2021.

Guildhall at Cathedral Square in Peterborough – Cambridgeshire, England

Comedy website I Live Here specialises in savage reviews of UK towns, mostly written by the locals who know them best.

They put Peterborough at Number one, closely followed by Huddersfield and Liverpool.

One Peterborough-dweller said they had voted of their toes because “The atmosphere in Peterborough is draining. You feel totally isolated from the rest of the world and life in general, as though everything else is going on and you’re not part of it as you’re stuck in this dump.”

TOPSHOT - Pedestrians walk through central Liverpool, north west England on October 13, 2020, before fresh local lockdown are imposed to help stem a second wave of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday tightened virus control measures as the UK experiences a surge in cases. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
One bitter Liverpool resident said: ‘I can’t put into words just how miserable growing up in this horrid place has been’

Peterborough retained it top spot for a third successive year, even though the site administrators say they had to subtract 2,000 votes because they had spotted someone attempting to rig the poll.

They say they were mystified that anyone took their tongue-in-cheek poll seriously enough to rig it, and added that the Cambridgeshire town was receiving so many votes at one point that it came close to crashing their website.

The full Top 10 is as follows:

The hotels and villas, quayside shops, pubs and restaurants of Torquay overlooking the harbour illuminated at dusk.
The poll organisers said they particularly liked it when a more genteel town like Torquay made the list

1. Peterborough

2. Huddersfield

3. Liverpool

4. Bradford

5. Hull

6. Wakefield

7. Luton

8. Jaywick Sands

9. Torquay

10. Halifax

Photo taken in Huddersfield, United Kingdom
According to one local, Huddersfield is ‘polluted, unclean and full of idiots’

But the poll organisers said the they particularly loved it when “some posh middle class haven” made it into the chart.

And certainly Chichester, York, and Boscombe featured in the Top 50 – with historic market town Aylesbury managing a respectable No.18 spot and seaside retiree magnet Torquay smashing into the Top 10 at number nine.

Wherever you live, you’ll find someone who hates it. read the full list here.





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