It is, according to the creators of Crap Towns.
Chippy has been listed as third in their new Crap Towns list, behind London and Bradford but ahead of such gems as Coventry and Nuneaton.
There are flaws with the list; firstly, London isn’t actually a town, and Gibraltar, which also features on the list, is not even officially part of Britain, as it is a British Overseas Territory.
But aside from that, Chippy seems to have been voted for partly because of its inhabitants. We suspect that means the famous Chipping Norton Set, most of whom don’t live in Chippy itself (even if the odd celebrity is spotted in Sainsbury’s – but that’s not our fault).
And there’s no mention of our town festival, our jazz festival, our literary festival, the independent shops, such as Jaffe & Neale, the beautiful architecture, and the town’s strong sense of community. Probably because they are the opposite of “crap”.
What do you think? Is Chippy crap? Did you vote for it to go on the list? Or do you think we’ve been unfairly maligned? We know what we think.