To nominate as the country's worst town centre....

(788 Posts)
moogster1a Fri 17-Feb-12 22:15:23

...Rochdale.
Good God it's a god forsaken place. There appears to be half a dozen payday loan shos, a few poundland things and some mobile 'phone shops.
It's got so bad that even maccy d's has shut down.
It's only redeeming feature is that Gabbots farm is still clinging on.

blackoutthesun Fri 17-Feb-12 22:18:08

northampton

its got a shopping centre with about 5 shops in

Toomanyplates Fri 17-Feb-12 22:19:34

I second the Northampton suggestion. What a shithole

Methe Fri 17-Feb-12 22:20:09

You have obviously never beer to Dudley!

Kormachameleon Fri 17-Feb-12 22:21:02

grin at Dudley

Never been to bilston obviously grin

bushymcbush Fri 17-Feb-12 22:22:49

Spennymoor.

BrianCoxHasScaryHair Fri 17-Feb-12 22:23:57

St Helens.

Northampton a close second.

Personal favourite not of mine is Crawley.

It is many years since I've been to either Crawley, Northampton or St Helens and admittedly I didn't have very nice experiences whilst in any of them so that could be clouding my judgement.

I love my town but a lot of people slate it, I get uppity on it's behalf (as am sure the residents of the towns I have mentioned will do blush) I'm not saying where I'm from though.

Toomanyplates Fri 17-Feb-12 22:24:01

My husband is originally from Dudley. He moved away. Many miles away. Sounds like he did the right thing grin

GrahamTribe Fri 17-Feb-12 22:26:01

Oh god no, not "Spenny-mooo-er", as it's known locally. shock And given that you know Spennymooooer, I think that you'll agree with me on Crook, Bushymcbush?

Sapphirefling Fri 17-Feb-12 22:26:41

I give you Stoke On Trent.
Which doesn't actually have an official centre really but is made up of these bizarre five towns The busiest bit is Hanley which is the 'officail' city cente if the road signs are to be believed.
Which is only slightly less grim then Burslem, Longton, Tunstall and Stoke.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Fri 17-Feb-12 22:26:59

Colchester. It's grim.

StrandedBear Fri 17-Feb-12 22:28:36

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Wittsend13 Fri 17-Feb-12 22:28:40

Noooo Crawley isn't a bad town. My vote goes to West Croydon. Now that's a dump!

Sirzy Fri 17-Feb-12 22:29:03

Briancox - st Helen's has only got worse in recent years. The only good thing going for it now is the new rugby ground being so close to the centre.

MissMarjoribanks Fri 17-Feb-12 22:29:20

Have you ever been to Rochdale OP? Didn't think so.

I work there. It has a Grade I listed town hall, one of the most amazing buildings I have ever been in. It has a Grade II* listed post office, designed by Edwin Lutyens. It has a fantastic new 6th form college. It is where the co-operative movement started and there is loads of history. There are two museums and two art galleries, one a little independent one. There are cranes in the town centre, in sharp contrast to the rest of the country. Things are happening.

The town centre is run down, but it has a lower vacancy rate than Altrincham. You can't buy a deli sandwich, but you can get your trousers altered for £8 and your eyebrows threaded for £5. I have never been anywhere with friendlier people in the shops.

So don't criticise somewhere you have never been. And don't take what is shown on the telly as a true representation of a place.

tethersend Fri 17-Feb-12 22:29:29

Stevenage.

Spuddybean Fri 17-Feb-12 22:29:35

ellesmere port <shudder>

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHorrid Fri 17-Feb-12 22:29:50

Morecambe. Hellish place.

Ooh just remembered Millom. Oh the horror.

imoanruby Fri 17-Feb-12 22:30:38

I have to agree with Wittsend13 West Croydon is the most depressing place, closely followed by North, East and South Croydon!

LaFilleSurLePont Fri 17-Feb-12 22:30:58

YABU.Cumbernauld wins.

RustyBear Fri 17-Feb-12 22:31:06

Bracknell.

ButterPopcorn Fri 17-Feb-12 22:31:21

I see your Spennymoor, and can't decide whether to raise you a Billingham or a Peterlee...

Spuddybean Fri 17-Feb-12 22:31:24

oh god! i've just remembered swindon!

deemented Fri 17-Feb-12 22:31:26

Take a walk down the road from Rochdale and you'll come to Rawtenstall.

Now theres a shite hole if ever there was one. Thank feck they are knocking it down.

northernmonkey Fri 17-Feb-12 22:32:18

Rotherham!!
That town would win hands down

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