'Harry Potter town' on verge of decline

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London, January 3 (ANI): Fears are mounting up the ancient market town, which once was voted the best place to live in Britain, today stands on the verge of social and economic crumble.

The Northumbrian community of Alnwick was tagged as the most desired place to settle in the country by Country Life magazine due to its picturesque places, house prices, crime rate and local amenities in 2002.

But the town, Alnwick Castle was Hogwart's school in the popular wizard series of Harry Potter, has now raised concerns and was said to be "dilapidated and dying" over lack of government's interest.

"Many of us have been very concerned about how tired Alnwick looks and the lack of investment," the Daily Express quoted Carlo Biagioni, owner of a fish-and-chip shop, as saying.

"But we need politicians to listen. This is a chance for change and investment," he added.

Independent Tory councillor Gordon Castle said: "People say 'If you live in such a lovely area why do you need help?' But there are other forms of deprivation than the kind in towns and cities.

"Our reputation has worked against us but there are people here willing to do whatever they can to make things better. They deserve a little more help from the Government." (ANI)

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