Neglected landmark buildings, long-running roadworks and a centre that’s seen better days are among the issues that have landed the town with a slot in the 50 worst places to live in the UK.

Voters in the poll by ILiveHere also cited the loss of the Honda plant and the problem of County Lines drug dealing. As a result Swindon came in at 31.

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ut proud townsfolk have come to the defence of their home, pointing to its heritage attractions and beautiful parks and history.

There was lots of praise for the outdoor spaces, with Coate Water, Stanton Park, Lydiard Park, Old Town Gardens and many others suggested. 

Ben Carr said: “The outdoor space we have, there are so many routes to walk, run, cycle and explore.”

Others pointed towards the town’s history and heritage mentioning the number of musicians and famous people the town has produced.

Swindon Advertiser: Actress and singer Billie PiperActress and singer Billie Piper

Stars Diana Dors, Melinda Messenger and Billie Piper, 19th Century naturalist Richard Jefferies, Supertramp founder Rick Davies, ex-St Joseph’s pupil Gilbert O’Sullivan, who went on to top the music charts in the 1970s - all have roots in Swindon. 

The town’s role in founding the NHS and its importance to the Great Western Railway were highlighted.

Mavis Hale said: “We have Richard Jefferies ‘ house at Coate Water. We were the first ones to start a children’s library. There are so many things to be proud of. Just look in the Swindon books!”

The town’s sporting prowess was also mentioned with Swindon Town Football Club, Swindon Robins Speedway and the Swindon Wildcats all sources of pride for people. 
The Outlet Village, Steam Museum and Lydiard House were all also rated highly by Swindonians. 

But the main thing that people said loved about Swindon was the community spirit - they said it was the people that made the town feel like home. 

Anna Pa said: “We moved out of Swindon a while back, and I really wish we didn’t. The community in Swindon in just amazing and it always feels like home.”

Swindon Advertiser: The public gather to commemorate the life of Sian O'CallaghanThe public gather to commemorate the life of Sian O'Callaghan
Anna Church said: “I think the people in Swindon are truly quite caring. I remember when Sian O’Callaghan was murdered by a cab driver the people all came together, the streets were so packed with support for this young lady.”

 Jo McAree agreed. “There are some amazing and lovely people here. Swindon is great, it has a bit of most things, amazing countryside around us, parks, loads to do, great art and music going on too and work if you want. It may not be perfect but surely its what you make of it.

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