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The Worst Things in Paignton, Devon*

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The Worst Things
  • NO driving work!!! Moved to Paignton with the missus as we wanted out of London and I (not the missus) have been struggling for driving work ever since! No one wants to employ me in Plymouth or Exeter (which is where most of the driving jobs are) as I'm not a local and it's driving a wedge between my wife and I (she wants to stay here and I want to go back to Heathrow so that I can get back to work and start earning some money!) Bank accounts completely depleted and the 'quiet season ' for work has just started! (Jan to Apr) I'm a driver that NEEDS work, get me outta here!!!
  • Within 4 months of moving to Paignton I had my parked car hit by someone who drove away. I've had my new car 4 months and guess what's happened again? Cowards! Why haven't people here got the decency to accept responsibility for their actions/bad driving? Since I moved here I've been continually ripped off with everything from crap food to non-existent customer service to, well, just about everything! Why do companies/people here feel that they deserve everything whilst giving nothing? I'm sure there are 'decent' Devonians but they seem in a serious minority. I'm clearing out asap. I won't EVER be coming back to this dump!
  • Gangs of kids here and there at night times but then you get them everywhere...I've never had a problem with them but if you're not local I wouldnt recommend walking around on your own, but its not just kids its other things too, again you get the same problems everywhere but generally I personally feel safe here. I also wouldnt personally swim in the sea at paignton or goodrington sands, not the nicest of beaches and never seem to be very clean...
  • Most of the people in torbay are small minded tossers
  • chavs - need i say more
  • The endless rows of depressing red bricked terraces, make Paignton look like a dull industrial town in Northern England. The fact that Paignton is the English Rivieras poor relation. What Torquay has in exotic Mediterranean vistas, Paignton has its tackey little Blackpool image, its flat dull and in winter is a dull ghost town with miserable architecture. Seafront at night is occupied by chavs, so is Torbay road. Don't come in winter its awful.
  • sea guls on Paignton Beach
  • Parking - it is non-existant!
  • Trying to get across the roads there!
  • Gulls waking you up at 5 on a spring morning! Nothing worse than that!
  • Gulls waking you up at 5 on a spring morning! Nothing worse than that!
  • I lived in Paignton and Torquay for 3.5 years (2 Years Paignton & 18 months Torquay). It was the most miserable experience of my life and I believe sent me into a mild state of depression. The range of shops is appalling - I used to come to W-ton to get decent stuff and then take it back to Devon. The people are rude, unwelcoming, unfriendly, seem to think they're superior to everyone else and so far up their own a***s they're stuck. The area is stuck in a "chilled-out rut" which was no good for me, the relaxing pace of life nearly killed me. Everyone lives a geriatric pace of life and the technology is non-existant. Never lived anywhere so primative in my life. Not even Channel 5 - five years after it was launched. The only good thing is the weather. And then there's Gemini FM - a station worth axing to save the taxpayer's money and eardrums. Wouldn't visit again out of choice if I was offered 1,000,000. Nice weather, hellhole of a place !!!
  • The rockers who still think we are living the bon jovi, and guns and roses era.
  • Parking is not at a premium in this area, but there is ample parking in close proximity.
  • Paignton itself
  • Lack of quality restaurants....the recently arrived beggar (druggie looking geezer with dogs) need of a classy bar or two, maybe a winebar, tapas place, themed pub or something similar...lack of entertainment except pubs and cinema.
  • Why do they still put Jethro on every summer, hes a wanker
  • Paignton is crap - there are no decent shops, too many foreign tourists in summer, too many geriatrics in winter and it's miles out of the way of anywhere. Having to go to Plymouth or Exeter (30 miles away) for anything that resembles a decent shop is NOT good. I've only lived there for 21 months and I HATE THE PLACE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Ocean pollution. Blue flags don't mean shit. (or they do...) Fights kick off all the time at night. Crap clubs. Cheesy holiday pubs.
  • The worst thing is that in common with some other British towns is that the Police still believe that club hours and licensing laws should be based around their masonic meetings.
  • The winter - this place is like a ghostown.

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Last updated: 2016-12-19

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