A poll conducted for the latest edition of a book called ‘Crap Towns’ has named Southampton as the fourth worst urban centre in the UK.
Crap Towns seeks to discover which towns are the most hated in the UK. The list is compiled based on interviews with members of the public, and takes into account such factors as crime rates, housing prices, transport and, according to the team behind it, snobbery.
London topped the poll, with Bradford and Chipping Norton rounding out the top three. The full list can be found here, and bizarrely includes Gibraltar at number six.
One of the testimonials from the book regarding Southampton’s inclusion describes it as:
“the only place in the UK I’ve ever seen someone get on a bus and nonchalantly spark up a crack pipe”.