We live in Britain's unhappiest town - it's rough and we won't go out at night: ... trends now

We live in Britain's unhappiest town - it's rough and we won't go out at night: ... trends now
We live in Britain's unhappiest town - it's rough and we won't go out at night: ... trends now

We live in Britain's unhappiest town - it's rough and we won't go out at night: ... trends now

Residents in 'Britain's unhappiest town' say crime and gang activity has blighted their streets and keeps them from going out at night.

Hillingdon was yesterday revealed as Britain's unhappiest place to live in Rightmove's Happy at Home index. The borough - where the average house price is £483,556 - is the largest in west London and takes in Hayes and Harlington, Ruislip, Uxbridge, and Yiewsley and West Drayton.

A longtime Hillingdon resident is not surprised the suburb - where celebrities including James Cordon, Andy Serkis and Ronnie Wood come from -  was named one of the worst places to live in the country, saying it's 'pretty rough' and filled with 'pickpockets, beggars and gangs'.

Meanwhile, less than 10 miles away in Richmond-upon-Thames, locals welcomed the news it had been voted the happiest place to live in Britain, with one even claiming the area was 'better' than the south of France.

The southwest London borough, home to both Sir David Attenborough and Britain's Got Talent's Amanda Holden, scored points for its picturesque green spaces and strong sense of belonging.

But it's not a cheap enclave of the capital, with house prices averaging £952,305. 

Margaret Ward (pictured) who lives in Uxbridge said she thought the survey result was 'bonkers'

Margaret Ward (pictured) who lives in Uxbridge said she thought the survey result was 'bonkers'

Richmond upon Thames has been voted the happiest place to live in Britain, followed by Winchester and Monmouth

Richmond upon Thames has been voted the happiest place to live in Britain, followed by Winchester and Monmouth

Sleeping bags, cardboard, a mug and some rubbish is pictured under shelter in Uxbridge

Sleeping bags, cardboard, a mug and some rubbish is pictured under shelter in Uxbridge 

Average house prices  Area Average price  Average monthly rent   1 Richmond upon Thames2 Winchester, Hampshire 3 Monmouth, Wales 4 Wokingham, Berkshire 5 Cirencester, Gloucestershire6 Skipton, Yorkshire 7 Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire8 Kensington and Chelsea, London 9 St Ives, Cornwall 10 Hexham, Northumberland  £952,305 £571,613£349,312£572,992£394,216£259,692£424,649£1,812,424£515,352£317,359 £3,148£2,097£1,214£2,074£1,477£875£1,703£5,371£1,248£957  

However, others reacted with surprise to the news that Hillingdon had been voted 'Britain's unhappiest town'. 

Uxbridge local Margaret Ward, 31, said: 'I think it's bonkers that Hillingdon came out last. I came here as a baby and it's a really homely place to live. Whenever I go on holiday I am always aching to get back home.'

'We have everything on our doorstep here, and I can walk to the shopping centre that has every kind of shop you might need.

'The only thing that is not great is the introduction of the new ULEZ tax locally.'

Friends Carol Toombes, 75, and Donna Norman, 63, were also shocked to hear their borough sank to last in the ratings. 

Sipping mulled wine from a stand in the nearby Christmas market, Carol, from Uxbridge, said: 'Look around you, it's a fantastic place to live. I can't believe that so many people here claim to be unhappy. 

'It's got everything you need, and has brilliant amenities for OAPS. I love using my Hillingdon resident card to get discounts.'

Carol said the only thing she was sad about was the fact that Boris Johnson was no longer the MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip.

Donna, who brought up her family in nearby Ickenham, added: 'The open spaces here are great, and were especially so during lockdown

'We have an excellent leisure centre and a local lido, and some great parks. The centre of London is on our doorstep, so is Windsor Castle, and if we ever need to go anywhere, we can jump on the M25.'

Donna Norman, 63, (pictured) was also shocked to hear her borough sank to last in the ratings

Donna Norman, 63, (pictured) was also shocked to hear her borough sank to last in the ratings

Ilva Henderson, 74, (pictured) has lived in Uxbridge since 2010 and said she loved the 'community spirit'

Ilva Henderson, 74, (pictured) has lived in Uxbridge since 2010 and said she loved the 'community spirit'

The Chimes shopping centre in Uxbridge

The Chimes shopping centre in Uxbridge

Uxbridge, a borough in Hillingdon

Uxbridge, a borough in Hillingdon 

Ilva Henderson, 74, has

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