Cumbernauld takes battering over ‘ugliest UK centre’ once again

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 12:21 GMT on Wednesday, August 7th, 2013.

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ONCE again Cumbernauld’s world-famous town centre has become the centre of criticism in a debate over just where the UK’s ugliest town centre actually is.

The ‘love it or hate it’ structure has been named in a top ten list of the ugliest town centres in the United Kingdom as part of the preparations for the second edition of ‘Crap Towns’, an infamous book which sold in excess of 100,000 copies when it was first published in 2003.

According to the Guardian, the inspiration for the book was born out of a late-night conversation between Jordison and Dan Kieran, about the unpleasantness of their home towns, Morecambe, in Lancashire, and Alresford, Hampshire.

In 2003, the original ‘Crap Towns: the 50 Worst Places to Live in the UK’ book was dubbed "the Doomsday Book of misery", and has returned this year “by popular demand”, according to the people behind the literacy ridicule.

Previously the group asked fans why their towns were “crap”, asking them to state their reasons on either Architects; Tories; Youth; Drugs; New Labour; Tesco; or, Buckfast. 

The polling closed a number of weeks ago and the group have recently revealed the answers.

“Apparently, it’s the fault of the architects,” a statement reads. “A mighty 513 people declared the profession the cause of our urban woes in our poll. Naughty architects! 

“They even beat the Tories into second place. Who knew there was a group of people less popular than the Tories?! And all they want to do is build things and make stuff look nice… Isn’t it? 

“Anyway, the public have spoken, and I’m not going to argue.”

The full results seen Architects voted for 513 times; Tories, 347; Youth, 266; Drugs, 190; New Labour, 165; Tesco, 163; and, Buckfast, 54.
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Now though the group have appealed to fans once more to find the UK’s ugliest shopping centre. 

“Anyway, since we’re blaming buildings, we thought that the next poll we should run should be to try to find out which is the UK’s ugliest town centre,” their website proclaims.   

The options in the poll are Birmingham, Bracknell, Camberley, Coventry, Cumbernauld, Gateshead, Hatfield, Hemel Hempstead, Luton, and Slough, with Cumbernauld presently in third place.

A winning or top-polling result for Cumbernauld would not be the first time that the town’s centre has been criticised, after the town centre picked up the carbuncle award twice. 

In a bid to better Cumbernauld’s town centre, though, regular meetings have been organised by Cumbernauld’s Environmental Society in a bid to bring the relevant parties around the table to discuss the future and possible improvements to the three centres, with another such meeting tipped to take place later this year.
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