We’re very happy NOT to have won!

Leven didn't win the Carbuncle Award
Leven didn't win the Carbuncle Award

It’s official - Leven is NOT the most dismal town in Scotland.

Despite its nomination for the Plook on the Plinth award, it was beaten to the accolade that no town or city wants by the granite city, 

The award, voted for by readers of Urban Realm magazine, was announced yesterday, with Aberdeen coming out on top due to what the Carbuncle Award organisers called a “litany of embarrassing missteps from the Union Terrace Gardens fiasco to the failed bid for 2017 City of Culture to today’s fracas over Marischal Square”.

There was widespread condemnation by many Mail readers when it was revealed in October that Leven was in the running for the controversial award. The town was described as a “grim post industrial wasteland with regressive pretensions to being a seaside resort”, while its inhabitants didn’t escape unscathed either, being labelled as “the most ill-mannered to be met with in Scotland”.

Welcoming the news that Leven had missed out on the title, chairman of the Levenmouth area committee Tom Adams said: “I’m absolutely delighted Leven hasn’t got it.

“If we’d won it, it would’ve been used as a way for people to knock Leven, and there’s too many good things going on here for that. We need to keep talking Leven up instead of knocking it down.

“This is a despicable award and although I’m glad we’ve not got it, I’m disappointed for any other town who did.”

Also escaping the title was Cumbernauld, East Kilbride, Greenock, Kirkintilloch, Lochgelly and Maddiston.