‘Grim’ Kirkintilloch up for infamous Carbuncle Award – what’s your view?

Kirkintilloch Cowgate
Kirkintilloch Cowgate

DISMAL, depressing and strewn with litter and dog mess – that’s the damning indictment of Kirkintilloch by a disgruntled resident who has nominated the town for a Carbuncle Award.

Kirky is a candidates for the Plook on the Plinth, one of the infamous prizes up for grabs.

It is jockeying for position with ‘ugly sisters’ from across Scotland – including Cumbernauld, Wishaw, Ayr and Glenrothes.

The annual Carbuncle Awards - organised by Urban Realm - infamously highlight the country’s “most dismal places and spaces”.

S. Grayson has nominated Kirkintilloch, insisting: “It is a very depressing town.”

The fed-up local continues: “The high street consists mainly of charity shops, banks and pound shops. The roads themselves all around the town are pothole-ridden.

“The town proudly proclaims itself as ‘The Canal Capital of Scotland’ despite having one little canal running through it which is strewn with litter and not very picturesque in the least.

“The endless roadworks make it more trouble than it is worth to get into and there is no reason to stay.

“There is litter everywhere, the place is untidy, lacks colour and is just depressing.

“The council try their best with festivals and so on, which distracts from the grim surroundings for a while, but in general it is a miserable-looking place.

“There is dog mess everywhere. There are some lovely buildings, but the state of the general town brings these down.”

* What’s your view? Do you agree - should Kirky win the Plook on the Plinth?

Or do you think that Kirkintilloch has been unfairly targeted? Are their worse areas nearby?

What could be done to improve Kirkintilloch? Let us know your views and we will print the best.

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