Northwich is one of the best places to live in the UK - again

Has Northwich's new Hayhurst Quay development contributed to its desirability?

Has Northwich's new Hayhurst Quay development contributed to its desirability?

First published in News Northwich Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

NORTHWICH has been named as one of the top places to live in the UK for the second year running.

The town appears in the Sunday Times’ list of 101 Best Places to Live in Britain supplement, which was published on Sunday.

It is one of only two north west towns in this year’s list to appear in the guide more than once and one of only three Cheshire towns to feature, with Lymm and Warrington also appearing in the north west top 10.

Clr Bob Robinson, Northwich’s town mayor, said: “That’s absolutely brilliant.

“If we can achieve this status with all the development that’s going on we’ll be the top in about two years when it’s done.

“Let’s just hope that Cheshire West and Chester Council doesn’t go down the road of charging for parking which, in these difficult times, would actually decimate all we are trying to achieve.”

The guide uses data and statistics such as crime rates, house prices and school performance and selects places that offer the best quality of life to the widest number of people.

It looks at desirable features such as a positive community spirit, good local shops and services and attractive outdoor spaces.

Clr Robinson said: “I feel that Northwich has a slightly slower pace of life than in major towns, which is to the benefit of everyone and is a great environment for children to grow up in.”

Helen Davies, the Sunday Times’ home editor, said: “The Best Places guide is dedicated to celebrating Britain’s abundance of great cities, towns and villages.

“We combine in-depth data with first-hand personal experience to produce an authoritative list.

“There are lots of places across Britain that are worth celebrating, and everyone has different priorities, so this year our supplements cover everything from the countryside to inner-cities.”

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1:17pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Maltese-X says...

I have lived in Northwich since November 2011; I have witnessed nothing impressive regarding its award-winning status. When I see the state of its roads, I want to tear out my hair. Moreover, the appearance of the pedestrian precinct has gone from mediocre to downright abysmal.
Either the awarding body is blind or the other competing "places" are a disgrace of note. Try living here: The council taxes are a damned insult.
I could go on but I have made my point. UHHG.
I have lived in Northwich since November 2011; I have witnessed nothing impressive regarding its award-winning status. When I see the state of its roads, I want to tear out my hair. Moreover, the appearance of the pedestrian precinct has gone from mediocre to downright abysmal. Either the awarding body is blind or the other competing "places" are a disgrace of note. Try living here: The council taxes are a damned insult. I could go on but I have made my point. UHHG. Maltese-X
  • Score: 7

3:49pm Tue 18 Mar 14

berylwoodward says...

Someone is having a laugh. Only today I went to the town to spend money only to hear the same old cry sorry bigger stores only. The walk from Marks and Spencer's to Matalan was disgusting with litter everywhere looks like a fly tip area. The older buildings really want bulldozing as they have been neglected for years. As a child Northwich had everything I wanted with the shops. The vast majority now are Charity and phone shops. I now like many others take the advice of the northwich shop keepers and go to bigger stores only which is chester, Warrington and Liverpool.
Someone is having a laugh. Only today I went to the town to spend money only to hear the same old cry sorry bigger stores only. The walk from Marks and Spencer's to Matalan was disgusting with litter everywhere looks like a fly tip area. The older buildings really want bulldozing as they have been neglected for years. As a child Northwich had everything I wanted with the shops. The vast majority now are Charity and phone shops. I now like many others take the advice of the northwich shop keepers and go to bigger stores only which is chester, Warrington and Liverpool. berylwoodward
  • Score: 4

5:09pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Daniel18 says...

We need to be proud of our town - negative comments like those from Beryl Woodward and Maltese-X will do nothing to improve it - if you don't like it MOVE - there are plenty of other people willing to take your home.

Northwich is in a period of huge investment which will help to further improve and enhance the town and bring in more visitors. We are in a much better place than many other towns across the county - you only have to look to at Winsford Cross Shopping Centre to see how bad it could be...
We need to be proud of our town - negative comments like those from Beryl Woodward and Maltese-X will do nothing to improve it - if you don't like it MOVE - there are plenty of other people willing to take your home. Northwich is in a period of huge investment which will help to further improve and enhance the town and bring in more visitors. We are in a much better place than many other towns across the county - you only have to look to at Winsford Cross Shopping Centre to see how bad it could be... Daniel18
  • Score: 8

6:17pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Maltese-X says...

@Daniel: This is not about comparisons; it is about value for money. We are not getting it. It is rather about removing those people that are wasting our money; we criticize them for prioritising incorrectly. Good roads are of top priority; without them, as a community, we are handicapped. Moreover, the place is untidy, nay, filthy. There are many out of work; employ them to clean up the place.
You say we should be proud - of what, exactly. I remember when people use to take pride in their community - "Keep Britain Tidy," comes to mind. Standards have drastically diminished and, with it, the pride required to sustain - pride. The reality is that people’s sense of community has diminished along with those diminished standards. That includes the presence of career politicians who, by their actions, demonstrate that their priorities are of those misguided.
"Wake up and smell the coffee," Daniel.
@Daniel: This is not about comparisons; it is about value for money. We are not getting it. It is rather about removing those people that are wasting our money; we criticize them for prioritising incorrectly. Good roads are of top priority; without them, as a community, we are handicapped. Moreover, the place is untidy, nay, filthy. There are many out of work; employ them to clean up the place. You say we should be proud - of what, exactly. I remember when people use to take pride in their community - "Keep Britain Tidy," comes to mind. Standards have drastically diminished and, with it, the pride required to sustain - pride. The reality is that people’s sense of community has diminished along with those diminished standards. That includes the presence of career politicians who, by their actions, demonstrate that their priorities are of those misguided. "Wake up and smell the coffee," Daniel. Maltese-X
  • Score: 8

6:52pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Daniel18 says...

Maltese-X - Your statement says it all!

Last time I checked the unemployment rate and crime rates in Northwich were all BELOW the national average - meaning that we have less crime and a small number of people out of work than other towns across the UK - hence making the town a better place to live. If we want these people to get jobs we need to help them and not use them as slaves to clean up your mess! I would also say that the roads in the Town are better than other places.

It is people like you who are diminishing our community spirit - you can think of nothing better to do than blame everyone else and not take any personal responsibility.
Maltese-X - Your statement says it all! Last time I checked the unemployment rate and crime rates in Northwich were all BELOW the national average - meaning that we have less crime and a small number of people out of work than other towns across the UK - hence making the town a better place to live. If we want these people to get jobs we need to help them and not use them as slaves to clean up your mess! I would also say that the roads in the Town are better than other places. It is people like you who are diminishing our community spirit - you can think of nothing better to do than blame everyone else and not take any personal responsibility. Daniel18
  • Score: 2

7:08pm Tue 18 Mar 14

WHS says...

With no cinema, no theatre, nowhere for the youth of today to be entertained at night, roads groaning under the strain of the traffic, too many supermarkets and a town centre that is almost dead and is dead at night God alone knows what the bottom towns in this country are like!
WHS.
With no cinema, no theatre, nowhere for the youth of today to be entertained at night, roads groaning under the strain of the traffic, too many supermarkets and a town centre that is almost dead and is dead at night God alone knows what the bottom towns in this country are like! WHS. WHS
  • Score: 9

10:17am Wed 19 Mar 14

MarpleGuy says...

Northwich is, I believe, unique in that all three of its main post-16 educational institutions (Sir John Deane's, Mid Cheshire College and the Petty Pool Trust) are all graded as "Outstanding".
Northwich is, I believe, unique in that all three of its main post-16 educational institutions (Sir John Deane's, Mid Cheshire College and the Petty Pool Trust) are all graded as "Outstanding". MarpleGuy
  • Score: 9

11:24pm Wed 19 Mar 14

skyehawkins says...

really?
really? skyehawkins
  • Score: -1

11:49pm Wed 19 Mar 14

L Byrne says...

WHS
It is worth knowing that the judges did not actually visit the town. Word has it that they passed through Barnton and when they saw the ugly decaying TATA factory buildings at Wallerscote Island they thought they had lost their way and ended up in Stalingrad , circa 1943. So they panicked, turned round and got out of it!
WHS It is worth knowing that the judges did not actually visit the town. Word has it that they passed through Barnton and when they saw the ugly decaying TATA factory buildings at Wallerscote Island they thought they had lost their way and ended up in Stalingrad , circa 1943. So they panicked, turned round and got out of it! L Byrne
  • Score: 9

1:22pm Thu 20 Mar 14

MrT1976 says...

I like living in the Northwich area. Seems like I'm in a minority!!
I like living in the Northwich area. Seems like I'm in a minority!! MrT1976
  • Score: 4

3:45pm Thu 20 Mar 14

John_Harrison says...

L Byrne wrote:
WHS It is worth knowing that the judges did not actually visit the town. Word has it that they passed through Barnton and when they saw the ugly decaying TATA factory buildings at Wallerscote Island they thought they had lost their way and ended up in Stalingrad , circa 1943. So they panicked, turned round and got out of it!
Lol that just made me spill my cup of tea! :-)
[quote][p][bold]L Byrne[/bold] wrote: WHS It is worth knowing that the judges did not actually visit the town. Word has it that they passed through Barnton and when they saw the ugly decaying TATA factory buildings at Wallerscote Island they thought they had lost their way and ended up in Stalingrad , circa 1943. So they panicked, turned round and got out of it![/p][/quote]Lol that just made me spill my cup of tea! :-) John_Harrison
  • Score: 1

4:59pm Thu 20 Mar 14

I am not a Trainspotter says...

Horsham won it one year and that's one of the dullest towns in the UK
Horsham won it one year and that's one of the dullest towns in the UK I am not a Trainspotter
  • Score: 7

10:56pm Thu 20 Mar 14

47thmoon says...

we just need the incinerator to take us into Paradise
we just need the incinerator to take us into Paradise 47thmoon
  • Score: 5

11:21am Fri 21 Mar 14

L Byrne says...

47thmoon wrote:
we just need the incinerator to take us into Paradise
Sshhhhhhhh!

The elephant in the room that we must not mention is that TATA/E.ON have planning permission to build a garbage incinerator as large as Wembley Stadium just behind the Tesco store on Manchester road.

This will give Northwich a unique claim to fame because there will not be another town or city on the planet which will have such a large incinerator so close to its centre. Visitors will be able to see the hundreds of lorry loads of crud coming in from all parts of the UK and watch the toxic emissions from the tall chimneys, visible from miles around, drift over the town. Nice.

That will surely push Northwich up the popularity chart!

Oddly enough, unlike Lostock and Rudheath parish councils and others, Northwich Town Council has not given support to the ongoing campaign against the threat to heath that the incinerator poses for the people, particularly children, who live in the area. The councillors clearly don't have a problem with that. Appalling.
[quote][p][bold]47thmoon[/bold] wrote: we just need the incinerator to take us into Paradise[/p][/quote]Sshhhhhhhh! The elephant in the room that we must not mention is that TATA/E.ON have planning permission to build a garbage incinerator as large as Wembley Stadium just behind the Tesco store on Manchester road. This will give Northwich a unique claim to fame because there will not be another town or city on the planet which will have such a large incinerator so close to its centre. Visitors will be able to see the hundreds of lorry loads of crud coming in from all parts of the UK and watch the toxic emissions from the tall chimneys, visible from miles around, drift over the town. Nice. That will surely push Northwich up the popularity chart! Oddly enough, unlike Lostock and Rudheath parish councils and others, Northwich Town Council has not given support to the ongoing campaign against the threat to heath that the incinerator poses for the people, particularly children, who live in the area. The councillors clearly don't have a problem with that. Appalling. L Byrne
  • Score: 4

2:32pm Fri 21 Mar 14

jimjamhartford says...

Well it's certainly a better place to live than Runcorn, Warrington, Widnes or Winsford. Although I agree that the incinerator may make this less true.
Well it's certainly a better place to live than Runcorn, Warrington, Widnes or Winsford. Although I agree that the incinerator may make this less true. jimjamhartford
  • Score: 8

3:56pm Fri 21 Mar 14

MatthewB says...

Maltese-X wrote:
I have lived in Northwich since November 2011; I have witnessed nothing impressive regarding its award-winning status. When I see the state of its roads, I want to tear out my hair. Moreover, the appearance of the pedestrian precinct has gone from mediocre to downright abysmal.
Either the awarding body is blind or the other competing "places" are a disgrace of note. Try living here: The council taxes are a damned insult.
I could go on but I have made my point. UHHG.
If you don't like Northwich then maybe you should move somewhere else....like Crewe or Winsford perhaps? House prices are cheaper in both....I wonder why.
[quote][p][bold]Maltese-X[/bold] wrote: I have lived in Northwich since November 2011; I have witnessed nothing impressive regarding its award-winning status. When I see the state of its roads, I want to tear out my hair. Moreover, the appearance of the pedestrian precinct has gone from mediocre to downright abysmal. Either the awarding body is blind or the other competing "places" are a disgrace of note. Try living here: The council taxes are a damned insult. I could go on but I have made my point. UHHG.[/p][/quote]If you don't like Northwich then maybe you should move somewhere else....like Crewe or Winsford perhaps? House prices are cheaper in both....I wonder why. MatthewB
  • Score: 2

3:59pm Fri 21 Mar 14

MatthewB says...

MrT1976 wrote:
I like living in the Northwich area. Seems like I'm in a minority!!
Stick with it.
Northwich was a good town in the 70's, 80's and 90's but lost it's way in recent years.

But it's coming back....
[quote][p][bold]MrT1976[/bold] wrote: I like living in the Northwich area. Seems like I'm in a minority!![/p][/quote]Stick with it. Northwich was a good town in the 70's, 80's and 90's but lost it's way in recent years. But it's coming back.... MatthewB
  • Score: 9

4:52pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Jack Hay says...

WHS wrote:
With no cinema, no theatre, nowhere for the youth of today to be entertained at night, roads groaning under the strain of the traffic, too many supermarkets and a town centre that is almost dead and is dead at night God alone knows what the bottom towns in this country are like!
WHS.
Good job we are getting the Barons Quay development then, which addresses your points.
[quote][p][bold]WHS[/bold] wrote: With no cinema, no theatre, nowhere for the youth of today to be entertained at night, roads groaning under the strain of the traffic, too many supermarkets and a town centre that is almost dead and is dead at night God alone knows what the bottom towns in this country are like! WHS.[/p][/quote]Good job we are getting the Barons Quay development then, which addresses your points. Jack Hay
  • Score: 6

4:53pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Jack Hay says...

L Byrne wrote:
WHS
It is worth knowing that the judges did not actually visit the town. Word has it that they passed through Barnton and when they saw the ugly decaying TATA factory buildings at Wallerscote Island they thought they had lost their way and ended up in Stalingrad , circa 1943. So they panicked, turned round and got out of it!
The article in the paper explains how the judges ranked the towns. Read before commenting.
[quote][p][bold]L Byrne[/bold] wrote: WHS It is worth knowing that the judges did not actually visit the town. Word has it that they passed through Barnton and when they saw the ugly decaying TATA factory buildings at Wallerscote Island they thought they had lost their way and ended up in Stalingrad , circa 1943. So they panicked, turned round and got out of it![/p][/quote]The article in the paper explains how the judges ranked the towns. Read before commenting. Jack Hay
  • Score: 1

10:23am Sun 23 Mar 14

keith moss says...

CWAC " busy putting the bull back in the bull ring "
CWAC " busy putting the bull back in the bull ring " keith moss
  • Score: 2

8:45am Mon 24 Mar 14

MrT1976 says...

MatthewB wrote:
MrT1976 wrote:
I like living in the Northwich area. Seems like I'm in a minority!!
Stick with it.
Northwich was a good town in the 70's, 80's and 90's but lost it's way in recent years.

But it's coming back....
I have lived in and around the Northwich area for 36 years and I wouldn't live anywhere else.

Have you been to Crewe recently?...........
...one of the most disgusting towns I've had the misfortune of visiting.
[quote][p][bold]MatthewB[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MrT1976[/bold] wrote: I like living in the Northwich area. Seems like I'm in a minority!![/p][/quote]Stick with it. Northwich was a good town in the 70's, 80's and 90's but lost it's way in recent years. But it's coming back....[/p][/quote]I have lived in and around the Northwich area for 36 years and I wouldn't live anywhere else. Have you been to Crewe recently?........... ...one of the most disgusting towns I've had the misfortune of visiting. MrT1976
  • Score: 8

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