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Third worst town in UK? What a load of rubbish!
8:01am Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
JUST months after it was named as one of the best towns to live in the UK, Chipping Norton’s inclusion in the latest edition of Crap Towns has outraged residents.
The town has been listed as the third worst place to live in the UK in a new book, titled Crap Towns Returns – Back by Unpopular Demand.
It was placed behind London and Bradford which came first and second in the top 10 list which also included York, Coventry and Gibraltar.
The book is the follow-up to the first edition published a decade ago and references the so-called ‘Chipping Norton Set’ which includes Jeremy Clarkson, Alex James and Rebekah Brooks, as one of the reasons why the town was included.
Only six months ago, Chippy was named the fifth best town to live in the UK, in The Times newspaper and unhappy residents have leapt to their town’s defence, including mayor Mike Tysoe who condemned the controversial publication.
“It’s a lot of old rubbish and I’m not prepared to read it,” he said. “I can name a lot of worse towns.
“I think it’s complete rubbish.
The people who write the thing have never been here, otherwise they would have never have called it the third ‘crappest’ in the UK.”
Jim Hopcroft, landlord of the Chequers, in Goddard Lane, said: “I think this is a bit of a reaction to us being in the top towns last time.
“A lot of people who would have voted for this probably don’t live here and probably don’t like the idea of the Cotswold idyll.
“I think there’s this silly perception of what people think Chippy is like. I would much rather live in Chippy than some of the other places further down the list.”
Town councillor Tahirul Hasan, who is fiercely proud of the town after living there for a quarter of a century, heavily criticised the book when it was originally included on a 100 town shortlist, saying he was disgusted with it. He said: “It’s absolutely wrong. I’m happy in Chipping Norton, it is a wonderful place.”
Sam Jordison, co-editor of the book, said the list was compiled by nominations sent in from the public.
“The towns that are getting the most attention get bumped up to the top of the list,” he said. “The Chipping Norton Set is a big thing. It’s a victim of a backlash to the Coalition.”
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