RESIDENTS living in ‘Britain’s happiest city’ say it used to be lovely – but now it’s dull and boring.
Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire is world famous for its pork pies but is proving unappetizing for residents having been voted the worst place to live in Britain.
The metropolitan area ranked 393rd out of 393 local governments in terms of happiness, anxiety levels, and life satisfaction.
But despite the bad reviews, residents don’t want to leave.
Coffee shop owner Donna Bell, 39, said: “I sadly but completely agree with this survey.
“Melton is boring and boring. It has lost its charm and there aren’t as many visitors as there used to be.”
“There are 18 coffee shops in Melton. Yes, I’m one of them – but that’s about all you can do.”
“They need to bring something new to town.
The mother-of-three said: “The kids get bored because there aren’t any youth clubs or a lot of activities, although my son does box a little.”
“But I’ve always lived here and probably won’t move.”
Her fiancé Gary Somers, 59, said: “It’s a nice place during the day but all the idiots come out at night.”
“Bus services have been suspended and not a single bus goes direct from Nottingham to Melton.
“There is nothing for the young or the old to do.”
Local David, 59, said: “Meton used to be nice. It was a desirable place, but now it’s a dump.”
“Parking is terrible and people just don’t come into town anymore.”
“There are no police patrols and for a small town, there are a lot of drugs here.”
“I feel sorry for the children, there is not enough to do and some turn to drugs and crime.”
“It’s not the kids’ fault. Nothing good ever happens in Melton.”
David said gangs of youths were loitering around a “notorious parish hall on Nottingham Road called Colditz”.
He added, “If you’re sick, you have to wait six weeks for an appointment for surgery.”
“Then when you get one, they call you the same day and say it’s been canceled and only a phone consultation is possible.”
“It’s not contributing to people’s health and well-being.”
Kayleigh, 30, said: “There are some nice pubs like Anne of Cleves but no decent restaurants or hangouts and nothing to keep the teenagers off the streets.”
“There are just a lot of cafes and a clothing store.
“It’s very different now, and like many cities, there are rough places like the Colditz estate.”
Carole Perkins said: “Melton isn’t what it used to be, it’s gone downhill.”
“You can’t buy decent clothes here, it’s just coffee shops, charity shops and vape shops.”
“You have to go to Nottingham or Leicester if you want to buy something.”
“I totally agree with the poll and when I read it in the local paper I wasn’t surprised.”
But one resident is Marcelle Fowkes, 66, who moved to Melton from Doncaster in South Yorkshire 17 years ago.
She said: “A lot of negative things are said about Melton, with complaints that this is all about coffee and charity shops.”
“But I think Melton has a lot to offer – and every high street in the country has gone downhill.”