Shock as Carbuncle favourite named Scotland's best town
May 25 2012
Thousands of people nominated their favourite places which in turn led to a shortlist of the most popular locales in two separate categories; Best Neighbourhood and Best Town/Village.
Cumbernauld's win represents a reversal in fortunes for the town since picking up the infamous Plook on the Plinth trophy in 2001. Four years later it became the only town to win this dubious honour twice. Now, poetically, the maligned town has been brought in from the cold.
Urban Realm editor John Glenday said: “Cumbernauld has been synonymous with the Carbuncles for the past decade but this latest accolade paints an altogether different picture of this much maligned town.
“The enthusiasm with which residents have rallied to their towns cause illustrates that the glue which holds are towns together isn’t bricks and mortar; it is the social interactions and community spirit exemplified by the Civic Pride Awards.
“I hope that this result can serve as a springboard for Cumbernauld to press ahead with much needed regeneration of its centre and embrace the future with justified confidence.”
The full shortlist was: Broughty Ferry, Cumbernauld, Dunkeld, East Kilbride, Eaglesham Linlithgow, Peebles, Pitlochry.
The voting produced a close run affair, with Cumbernauld narrowly beating Peebles to the prize.
The shortlist for the Best Neighbourhood was: Gorbals, Govan, Kelvinside, Leith, Morningside, Partick, Shawlands with Govan winning through in that round.
Cumbernauld will receive its accolade at the Scottish Design Awards, taking place tonight at the Radisson Hotel, Glasgow.
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