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Brent council asked residents to name their favourite spots and the response it got was priceless

When Brent council asked Twitter to name the borough's best bits, it didn't expect this response

Brent council's attempt to engage residents with its London Borough of Culture bid on Twitter did not have the desired result.

On Monday (September 25) Brent council tweeted: "A simple question: what’s the best place in Brent? Show us and tell us why using the hashtags #mylocalculture #backBrentsbid"

Things started off pleasantly enough with one cheerful resident tweeting a picture of the Alperton canal.

But it quickly took a turn for the worse as Twitter-users hijacked the thread to complain about fly-tipping, potholes and crime in the area.

MadeInMaidaVale was the first to respond with unflattering feedback and tweeted the council: "Seems stiff competition for Brent's finest but Malvern Rd has to triumph. Unrivalled rubbish & road puckered in potholes!!"

After which a flood of comments from unhappy residents flowed in.

Many complained about fly-tipping and poorly maintained roads with some even posting photos as proof.

Callum tweeted: "Willesden Green is great if you love a bit of flytipping. Plenty of mattresses and other s**** up for grabs."

Brent Civic Centre, the home of Brent Council in Engineers Way, Wembley(Image: PA)

While Jadelotus tweeted his complaint with a photo: "Serious competition on the mattress and dumping front from Harlesden. These flytipping posters mark where to place your rubbish."

Montserrat Tejeiro tweeted: "This might be a bit of a reach. Please focus on getting our streets clean and safe again. #priorities #listentoresidents."

Julian Rendell tweeted: "My personal fave: The comically unstable & uneven pavements on Dyne Rd. Notified to Councillors 18mo ago, action promised. Outcome? Nothing."

Some exasperated residents even took to using their own hashtags.

Goatoftruth flagged Wembley High Road's high number of gambling and loan shops, alongside the hashtag "#keepthepoorpoor."

He added: "Not to mention Poundland directly across the road from Poundland."

The response may not have been what Brent council was after but it certainly got residents talking.

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