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Blackburn and Bacup named in 'Crap Towns Returns'
6:00am Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
TWO East Lancashire towns have been included in the latest edition of a controversial book outlining the worst places in the UK.
Blackburn and Bacup are among 50 cities and towns featured in ‘Crap Towns Returns’.
Chorley was originally named on a shortlist of 100, but escaped being named and shamed.
The book, by journalist Sam Jordison and writer Dan Kieran, promises to ‘dish the dirt on the latest planning disasters, urban blight and posh blighters disfiguring our nation’.
Each town or city was nominated by members of the public on the internet, through social media sites Facebook and Twitter and the book’s official website in a ‘proudly unscientific’ survey.
Blackburn MP Jack Straw slammed the publication. He said: “I think it’s an ill-conceived idea to sell a low grade book and it should be treated with the contempt it deserves.
“There’s a lot to be positive about in Blackburn. The town centre is being transformed and footfall in the Mall is up, which is unusual for a town centre.
MP for Rossendale, Jake Berry, said: “This is deeply offensive to everyone who lives in the town and the Rossendale valley “I doubt the editors have ever visited it. Bacup is on the up.”
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