A home-buyer looking for a house in Rugby cancelled eight viewings in one day and labelled the town ‘a hole’ after walking around the town centre.
The buyer, from Reading, was looking at properties worth more than the Warwickshire average, but decided against moving to Rugby after a walk through the High Street.
Leonie Oliver, who moved to Rugby around eight years ago, was one of those whose homes was due to be looked at by the buyer.
She said: “I think Rugby’s a great little town with a great community, but it’s let down by the High Street, which looks dismal and lacks decent brands.
“However, there is a lot to like in Rugby – it’s Independent Quarter is fantastic, it’s set to grow significantly over the coming years and my husband makes use of the great commuter links with London.”
She added: “I also think it’s a little ironic that buyers from Reading, of all places, have labelled our town ‘a hole’.”
Aftab Gaffar, managing director of Rugby First, said: “Rugby continues to do well in comparison to most town centres with vacancy rates around six per cent, well below the national average. The town is clean, safe, friendly and welcoming and has some high quality independent stores along with a rich and diverse café culture. The town hosts an amazing array of events including the Rugby Festival of Culture, St George’s Day, the Rugby Food and Drink Festival and the Real Ale Trail.
“It is home to Rugby School, well connected to London, situated in some beautiful countryside, offers a good choice of homes and for many a fantastic place to live.”