cambridge– The Cambridgeshire city of Peterborough has managed to defend an unwanted title.
A poll by ilivehere.co.uk saw Peterborough once again top the rankings for the “worst place to live in England”, claiming its third consecutive title – a feat only otherwise achieved by the city of Hull.
We would, of course, contest Peterborough’s ranking. Our county’s biggest city, it boasts a fantastic cathedral, is surrounded by lovely green space and is home to a friendly and multicultural population.
Fortunately, plenty of people share that opinion and many commenters on our social media channels have come to the city’s defence since the result was published.
They make a stark change to the sneering negativity of the ILiveHere poll, which was characterised by rude comments such as: “The atmosphere in Peterborough is draining. You feel totally isolated from the rest of the world and life in general, as though everything else is going on and you’re not part of it as you’re stuck in this dump”.
For a bit more positivity about the city, we’ve collected some of our favourite comments about the result.
One Facebook user said: “Totally disagree. I have been to so many places, yet Peterborough is a better place than other towns and cities in England. I’m astounded of the findings.”
Another commenter had a similar opinion, saying: “I don’t understand the animosity. It’s friendly, got reasonably good facilities, loads of trees, multicultural, jobs, cycle paths, good rail connections, an open-air swimming pool.
“It would be nice if there was better theatre and a decent art gallery but that’s all I can think of against it?”
That will do for us.
A long-time resident of the city defended Peterborough and called ILiveHere’s democratic process into question: “Interesting, I’ve lived in Peterborough for 37 years, my husband and children born, bred and lived here their whole lives. We’ve never been invited to vote. I’m pretty sure it’s not the worst; you get out of it what you put into it.”
Another kept it short and sweet with: “Excellent passport office.”
We didn’t think of it, but we’ll certainly take it as another positive.
Whether it’s for the people, the great outdoors, the city’s architecture or even its fine passport office, there are plenty of reasons to love Peterborough and we’re glad that many of you do.
We wholeheartedly disagree with this year’s ILiveHere poll. And those from 2019 and 2020, for that matter.