Abergavenny named as one of the best places to live in Wales as anonymous online review slates it as having above average levels of anti-social behaviour, rape and drug abuse...

By Staff reporter in Community News

ABERGAVENNY has been named as one of the best places to live in Wales in an annual guide published by the Sunday Times

The newspaper said it had drawn on a range of factors, including community spirit, exam results, broadband speed and the availability of local shops when deciding on the winning towns.

Also making the list was Monmouth and Hay-on-Wye with the Vale of Glamorgan market town of Cowbridge said to be named as the top place to live in Wales.

The full list is set to be published on Sunday.

The ringing endorsement of the town comes just weeks after an anonymous online attack described Abergavenny as being tired, run down and ‘culturally lacking in every aspect’, claiming that despite having some affluent residents, most people who lived in the town came from low socio economic backgrounds and lived on ‘tough social housing estates and adding that Abergavenny had more than average levels of anti-social behaviour, rape and drug abuse.

Writing on the website ilivehere.co.uk the unnamed resident of the town claimed it has ‘a tired, run down feel with lots of charity and cheap goods shops’ adding that ‘the council have poorly managed the town, resisting rejuvenation and charging such high rates that many shops are forced to close down’.

“In short, it’s an uninspiring stop off point if you’re planning a trip to the Beacons, but nothing to want to hold you there,” the reviewer concluded.

Fortunately the Sunday Times does not agree…

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AJJ · 132 days ago · Report

Walking around the town as a visitor .,sorry to say yes run down poor ranch of shops coffee shop s caffes everywhere pound shops C shops every corner and market really looking dated Los of work needs to be done to improve town

Martine Hughes · 134 days ago · Report

Of course it is, I love living here, it's beautiful and on the whole, safer than most places. I have lived here for approx 9yrs and can't imagine leaving, unless I win millions on the lottery and even then I would still have a home here!

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