Narrow escape for town in Carbuncle Awards

Rubbish in the car park at Aquatec
Rubbish in the car park at Aquatec
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Motherwell has been branded one of Scotland’s most dismal towns in the annual Carbuncle Awards.

A judging panel named it one of five runners-up behind the winner of the unwanted prize, New Cumnock in Ayrshire.

John Glenday, editor of Urban Realm magazine and one of the judges, said: “Motherwell seemed to be going backwards, not forward, with recent developments - principally a shift to Ravenscraig which seems to be exacerbating the wider decline of the high street by unnecessarily widening the area’s centre of gravity.

“There was sufficient historic grain remaining, however, along with recent regeneration work such as demolition of Glencairn Tower and evidence of civic pride through examples of new public art, to prevent the town being reasonably named this year’s Carbuncle.”