Residents voted in a controversial poll to grant the dubious honor of the worst place to live in England – and a town in the northeast has been named among them.
A record 110,172 residents voted for their own towns and communities in the annual survey, with information on what it’s like to live there.
After a three-year run at the top of the standings, Peterborough fell to fifth place in the survey compiled by iLivhere, with a new winner found after Cambridgeshire’s “three glorious crowning years”.
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Instead, it’s Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, which has been voted the worst place to live in England, with 25% more votes than its closest competitor, Huddersfield.
Locals said the city’s traffic jams were part of the “magnificent beauty” of the area ”and“ part of the tour ”.
They said: ‘On entering Aylesbury you find yourself in a traffic jam.
“Don’t worry, it’s all part of the circuit. Being stuck in traffic allows you to observe the magnificent beauty of all the ‘junk citizens’ that live there.”
The 10 “worst places” to live in England are:
While no place in the Northeast entered the top ten, two made it into the top 50; Middlesborough in 44th place and Sunderland in 36th.
Rotherham, Stoke-on-Trent, Nottingham, Rochdale, Doncaster, Keighley – who were in the top six last year – have all escaped from the bottom of the stack.
Although Peterborough’s reign is over, residents still offered travel advice to anyone considering a visit.
They said about the city: “It is customary for a stranger to look you in the eye for more than three seconds, to shout ‘WHAT’ ??? and become extremely aggressive. “
Huddersfield came in second after securing more votes than half of the cities on the list.
One resident said: “Not all Huddersfield is bad… only 70% of it.
Third on the list is Luton, with residents claiming their home is uncomfortable on the eye.
One wrote: “It makes Slough comparable to the Monaco playboys tax haven.
Another compared the city to the setting of a well-known horror comedy: “I always avoid downtown which looks like something out of Shaun of the Dead.”
Bolton has climbed 22 notches on the dismal cities list and slipped into the top 10 at number six, which pollsters have called the “Mancunian dingleberry”.
One contributor admitted “there are much worse places in Britain”, but the “seemingly endless rain” there compounds the “feeling of sadness” […] and the uselessness of this place “.
Another mocked the city’s take-out industry, saying the city’s restaurants have “reached ONE-star hygiene standards.”
Jaywick, in Essex, was the only one not to move to this year’s list, making “even the worst parts of Blackpool seem like heaven”, voters say.
One said: ‘There is a reason Ross Kemp visited what he called’ Britain’s toughest seaside resort ‘.
The satellite town of Slough – home to Ali G and The Office – made its top 10 debut this year, ranking ninth.
One poetry lover recalled the words of 19th-century word-maker John Betjeman, whose wartime barbed worms bluntly criticized a city’s “mess”.
They wrote: “John Betjeman had the right idea. But even in his wildest nightmares, he couldn’t imagine the professional monster Ali G plagued with the gold-plated Currys Superstore that Slough was going to become.”
Here is the full list of iLive:
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