RESIDENTS of a city dubbed Britain’s worst city say tourists who snoop around have no idea how good it actually is.
Residents in Melton, Leicestershire, claim the town has “potential” despite their criticism.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) ranked last in a survey of 393 local governments on quality of life.
But the people who live there say there’s more to the city than meets the eye.
Louise James, 56, recounted LeicestershireLive: “I was born and raised here, I think the city has a lot to offer.”
“I don’t think it’s fair to write it off – millions will be spent on the city over the next few years. There is potential for Melton.”
She acknowledged that the city center leaves a lot to be desired, as does traffic congestion and the low availability of GPs, but also cited the city’s proximity to major centers such as Leicester and its famous pork pies.
Housemate Simon Rhodes, 59, agreed, saying there were certainly worse places to live.
He argued, “People live in Melton for a long time and they don’t leave, and that clearly shows that there is something good about the area.”
“I’ve seen a lot of places that were a lot worse than Melton. It’s really disappointing.”
“But there is still a lot of character here. There are local shops and markets all week long, attracting people to the area and giving the city center its own charm.”
Melton certainly had an attraction for 67-year-old Janet Hughes, who moved there from Bangor. Walesalmost a decade ago.
She described his position in the poll as “tough,” stressing that it’s “still a good place to live.”
This comes after a new study revealed the 50 worst places to live in England.
Meanwhile, locals in “Britain’s worst coastal town” explained why it’s in decline.