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  Cumbernauld 'most dismal Scottish town'
Updated 21 November 2001, 19.41

The new town of Cumbernauld's been named the "most dismal place in Scotland."

It won the Carbuncle award (a carbuncle is a kind of skin boil) because its town centre looks like a "a rabbit warren on stilts".

Locals agree

That what the judges of the awards say anyway and some of the residents actually agree.
Fact File
Cumbernauld facts
Cumbernauld is Gaelic for 'meeting of the waters'
Famous for weaving in 17th century
New Town was created in 1956

Cumbernauld, which is in North Lanarkshire, was described as Scotland's answer to Kabul, the war-hit Afghan city.

Judges said the concrete centre was "soulless and inaccessible."

They said the local council just hasn't done anything to improve it for years and locals are proud of their town but ashamed of the centre.


 
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