We live in the UK's ‘best’ neighbourhood… people say it's a dump filled with rubbish & roads are bad but we LOVE it here | The Sun

We live in the UK's ‘best’ neighbourhood… people say it's a dump filled with rubbish & roads are bad but we LOVE it here | The Sun

PROUD locals boasted they live in the "best" and most "beautiful" UK neighbourhood – despite it being full of rubbish and nightmare roads.

Residents in Berrylands, Kingston, love their South London postcode, although some are getting fed-up with hellish potholes and litter louts.

Local Bekah Lumb, told MyLondon the area is "a beautiful place" and she would "stay here forever" if she could.

However, the 24-year-old did admit she would like to see the "best place [she's] ever lived in" properly maintained.

"It’s honestly the nicest place," she said.

"If I could stay here forever I would, I’d bring up a family here. It’s a beautiful place, lovely community,100 per cent.

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"It’s also why the community here is very adamant on keeping it well-maintained and safe.

"I just think it could be a little bit more maintained."

The resident, who works at the local pub, explained public bins are few and far between which encourages littering.

Sometimes "with it taking up to 20 minutes to find one," she added.

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"Foxes ruin and rip bags open so you wake up and there's just food everywhere, it's not nice," said Bekah.

The frustrated resident also claimed there weren't enough safe road crossings in the area, making it difficult for families with young children.

"You see them just running out into the road," the 24-year-old added.

One uneven junction continues to spark traffic chaos, she said: "It is so uneven, the amount of people you see fall over when it gets cold here and icy – I’ve fallen over so many times, we’ve seen people just go".

Another local, Pauline Phillips, also slammed the sad state of the roads.

She said: "It ruins people's cars.

"The roads around here are awful, especially where the school is, the side roads. They flood around here."

However, the 65-year-old still loves the neighbourhood and is delighted with the bus service available for pensioners.

Chris Green, agreed Berrylands is a great area but the "roads are terrible".

The 66-year-old, who has lived there all his life, added: "All they’re doing is putting a plaster on it. Come the winter and the frost gets in, it all comes back up again."

He also criticised the 20mph speed limit slowing down cars.

"You see bikes going faster than that", he said.

Anita Kamalathasan, who manages Stuart's Newsagents complained restricted street parking makes her job unloading deliveries tricky.

She explained: "We don’t need to pay for parking but 1pm to 2pm we’re not allowed to park here. It’s difficult."

Her store is also located by the train station, and frequent industrial action has cost her business hundreds of pounds.

"I cried last Saturday. We are thinking to sell the business because of the station," she explained.

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A Kingston Council spokesperson said they are "committed to delivering a greener, fairer, safer, borough for all residents, working together with communities and partners".

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, said: "We regret the situation at Berrylands, but it’s a matter for SWR to step up and do the right thing." RMT has been contacted for comment.

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