We live in ‘UK’s snootiest town’ where rich newcomers are rude & turn their noses up at locals – we’re being pushed out
LOCALS in one of Britain’s most snooty cities said rich newcomers were rude and turned their noses up.
They added that overpriced cafes price them up and make outsiders feel small.
Morpeth in Northumberland was recently voted one of Britain’s most snooty towns by ratings site ILiveHere.
James Gregson hails from Stock Hill, a few miles north of Morpeth, and claims that outsiders are belittled by locals.
The 18-year-old IT student said: “People here expect you to avoid them, as if their time is more important than yours.
“It’s definitely cocky. People look down on you. They expect everyone to take care of them.
“People are walking around in tweeds and full suits, which is quite odd – and posh.
“I haven’t seen a lot of people walking around in tracksuits.
“A few years ago the city council closed a school to make way for a parking lot.
“I know this is a separate topic, but it shows how the people of Morpeth care about their own needs and don’t think about the good of the community.”
His friend John Barns, 23, a DWP staffer, also from Stock Hill, added: “People in Morpeth are snooty. Locals turn their noses up and can be rude to staff in shops and restaurants.
“It’s full of a lot of people who have moved from the country and use the shops. There are a lot of old people here.”
The historic suburb of Northumberland, 15 miles north of Newcastle, sits on the River Wansbeck.
Locals can take a scenic stroll along the river and enjoy stunning views of the ruined medieval castle surrounded by 30 acres of Grade II listed gardens.
The leafy city offers an abundance of high-end shops, including the Sanderson department store, which even has uniformed doormen to greet customers looking to shop for expensive brands like Chanel and Armani.
“HERE PEOPLE ARE SNOBBIG”
The main street is lined with posh cafes and boutiques catering to every need of well-heeled shoppers.
A local who works in the city said: “I’m not surprised by the award. People here are snooty.
“I sell affordable goods and they turn up their noses and wonder why they are so cheap.
“I travel around the North East and other areas like Ashington and Blyth in Northumberland, everyone is nice but here they are different.”
Another woman, 43, who declined to be named, has lived in the city all her life.
She claims the expensive new housing developments, with houses costing up to £400,000, have driven locals away.
She said: “The posh people who move in here are snooty.
“The new buildings have crowded out the locals.
“People have moved in with money, now the city is taking care of them. There is no more social housing.
“I live with my daughter in a small meetinghouse, it’s like a box and we need more space but there’s no other place for us.
“The city has gone backwards. There are so many cafes to soothe tourists and rich people moving here – how many cafes do they need?
“There is a distance between the locals and the newcomers.
“Local authorities should spend money to help the people who built this city.”
However, some locals claim that they are not snooty and that the residents are friendly and welcoming.
Rachael Reynolds, 30, a project manager, said: “We moved here last May because it was so beautiful – it’s not snooty at all.
“People are friendly and it’s a great community. There are many local shops to chat with people.
“Everyone is happy to help and stop for a chat.
“It’s historic and has great schools. It is suitable for all ages.
“It’s a shame it has the impression of being snooty because it’s a nice place with decent investments.
“It’s not fancy at all.
“I’m originally from Cullercoats in North Tyneside and I feel like Morpeth has more character. We are nice people here.”
Her husband Paul, 31, an insurance broker, said: “It’s really beautiful here.
“Everyone is friendly and everything is within walking distance.
“It had a great department store and there aren’t many places like this anymore. The main street is very unique.
“People think it’s posh because it’s beautiful compared to other places in the Northeast, but that’s not the case.”