Thumbs down for Luton, but Hemel Hempstead is missing from new list of Britain’s worst towns

editorial image

A renewed list of ‘Crap Towns’ for a second edition of the tongue-in-cheek book of the same name features nearby Luton and Milton Keynes, but Hemel Hempstead is nowhere to be seen.

The book was first published in 2003, when Hertfordshire’s St Albans made the shortlist on the crap map at number 50. In its longlist of 100 for the 2013 edition, more three counties towns appear.

Dacorum passes on all counts as Berkhamsted and Tring haven’t made the list, either – although upmarket Chipping Norton hasn’t had a lucky escape.

So what is it about Hemel Hempstead which has kept it out of Crap Towns’ clutches? Perhaps it’s our world famous magic roundabout, or has Max Whitlock’s Olympic performance really raised the town’s profile? It can’t be our great road and rail links to London, as the capital has made the longlist, too.

> What do you think makes Hemel Hempstead great? Perhaps you think it should have made the Crap Towns list? Share your thoughts by commenting below.