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Is Chippy really one of the worst towns in the UK?
3:00pm Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
AFTER being included on a list of 100 so-called “crap towns” Chipping Norton will find out if it will be included in a controversial book in October.
The town has been put on a shortlist as one of the worst 100 places to live in the UK.
A decade on from the book Crap Towns, a further volume of the book is being put together and will be published soon.
Crap Towns: the 50 Worst Places to Live in the UK was dubbed the “Domesday Book of misery” upon publication.
A 100-strong list has now been compiled for the follow-up, Crap Towns Returns – Back By Unpopular Demand. Oxford, Banbury and Bicester appear in the list alongside places including Croydon and Staines. The most surprising name on the list is Chipping Norton, with Prime Minister David Cameron, TV star Jeremy Clarkson and numerous other celebrities living in the area.
The nomination has not gone down well.
Wild Thyme Restaurant owner Sally Pullen, aged 41, said: “I don’t agree. We moved to Chipping Norton five years ago and chose this town to start our restaurant. We looked around a 60-mile radius and we chose Chipping Norton as it is lovely.”
Deputy leader of Oxfordshire County Council Rodney Rose also disputed Chippy’s inclusion on the shortlist.
He said: “Load of rubbish. I grew up in Chipping Norton and went to school there. It’s great.
“Maybe it gets a bad press because of the Chipping Norton set? It certainly used to be a lovely place to live.”
Author of the book Sam Jordison said: “Inclusion is mainly decided by vote but because every town is different in size, we have to weight them a bit according to population.
“There’s also the fact that the best entries attract the most attention so in a way appearing in the book is a compliment.”
Chippy is clearly unpopular with the Crap Towns team as it also one of 12 towns suggested in a poll to find the dullest town in Britain. Mr Cameron declined to comment.
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