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Winkleigh named best place for Families

Posted on 27th September 2011 in House Prices, UK Property

A historic farming village between Dartmoor and Exmoor has been named the best place in England and Wales to bring up children.

The research has been provided by Calnea Analytics and savings company Family Investments, they looking into 60 overriding factors including crime statistics, property prices and proximity to Green Flag parks in 2,400 postcodes.  These were then grouped into five seperate categories – education, safety, property, population and amenities and each was given a score up to a maximum of 25.

The results were published in the Family Freindly Hotspots 2011 report, top of the table was Winkleigh in Devon, postcode EX19 which scored highest with 19.76 thanks to the combination of low crime statistics, brilliant key stage 2 results at local primary school and great community facilities including a village hall, sports centre and local community centre.

House prices in Winkleigh helped push the village up the rankings, while the average price of a two-bed home in Winkleigh is not exactly cheap at £150, 837, the average salary of people that live there is £37,566, making property more affordable than in some areas of the UK.

Jane Rivans, headteacher at Winkleigh primary school, said: “It is very exciting to have Winkleigh highlighted in this way.

“It is a lovely village with friendly people and we are fortunate at school to have enthusiastic children, supportive parents and a dedicated staff.”

Second on the list was postcode TA13 – South Petherton in Somerset. Like Winkleigh, this did well because of good school results and low crime rates. But property there is less affordable, with the average two-bedroom property costing £158,823, and a lower average salary of £25,489.

The rest of the top 20 locations includes a mix of villages and towns with a good geographical spread. The list is published below…..

Top 20 family friendly postcodes

1. Winkleigh, Devon, EX19

2. South Petherton, Somerset, TA13

3. Galgate, Lancashire, LA2

4. Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees, TS16

5. Bromley Cross, Bolton, BL7

6. Shebbear, Devon, EX21

7. Great Ayton, North Yorkshire, TS9

8. Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B74

9. Moor Row, Cumbria, CA24

10. Bromyard, Herefordshire, HR7

11. Groby, Leicestershire, LE6

12. Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29

13. Chellaston, Derby, DE73

14. Dunnington, North Yorkshire, YO19

15. Horncastle, Lincolnshire, LN9

16. Ramsbottom, Manchester, BL0

17. Wirral, Merseyside, CH60

18. Borth, Dyfed, Wales, SY24

19. Longridge, Lancashire, PR3

20. Sutton, London, SM2

Charlie Chaplin’s Home for Sale

Posted on 20th September 2011 in Expensive Property, Plymouth Property

Sir Charles Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin was the most famous silent comic of his time and an institutional english actor, film director and composer.

His home where he spent his childhood in the South East of London is now for sale by KFH for £650,000.

 

The Home with a commemorative blue plaque on the door signalling his comic success is based in Methley Street, Kennington. It could be also argued that Methley Street was the inspiration behind his film The Kid and the City Courts factory inspired his 1939 hit City Lights.

What a pleasure it would be to buy into that history…and a great talking point over dinner.

 

 

Will the Americas Cup return to Plymouth?

Posted on 19th September 2011 in Plymouth Events

The organisers of the Americas Cup World Series have been delighted with the recent amazing response of the Plymouth public and organisers. Bearing in mind it has been speculated when the Americas Cup first contacted Plymouth, we didn’t pick up the phone and forgot to call them back, however the success was for all to see.

An estimated 100,000 people watched a series of thrilling races on Plymouth Sound between nine high-tech catamarans racing at speeds of 30mph plus. The ORACLE Racing Spithill’s Fleet Racing Championship win punctuated by capsizes and collisions have made this one of the most exciting races.

“Of course we want to come back to Plymouth,” America’s Cup boss Richard Worth said at the end of the nine-day sailing extravaganza.

“The city has exceeded our expectations in terms of the way it has been organised, the number of visitors and the quality of the racing. We have had a great welcome and people have taken real pleasure in the event. There is no reason why you wouldn’t say, ‘Plymouth was great, let’s go back’.

“But in the end it comes down to the nasty business of money.”

He said that “more than a handful” of Plymouth people had asked him, “How do we make this come back to the city?”

“The answer is, Plymouth would need to find millions of pounds – but the return on that would be many times more. What it costs us to stage the event runs into the millions. If we are going to break even we’re going to need to find a way to create a commercial model that generates millions. We could ask the council to pay up, or work with local businesses.”

Despite everyone getting excited, its not just whether they want to come back it’s also if it makes financial sense, to bring them back. It’s ok the Council and local businesses saying it’s great for the city but you don’t get businessmen like the Owner of the Range retail outlet and recent E&Y Entrepreneur of the year for London and the South-West, Chris Dawson making decisions just because it sounds fantastic and that’s why I believe there has to be more scrutiny in making these decisions. Consultations with individuals like him and other successful entrepreneurs need to be considered to maximise the potential of these events, they also want Plymouth to succeed.

It’s also something to consider saying we had 100,000 people watching the America’s Cup but that was an opportunity to upsell all that Plymouth has to offer. Notwithstanding it has definately created a buzz and it has concentrated on Plymouth’s key assets which is normally not the case.

Plymouth University is now set to carry out a study of the economic benefit to the city. Mr Worth said: “It would be a surprise if it was not £10million or more. It has clearly driven up visitor numbers and there are a lot of benefits to the city.

But he did stipulate that Plymouth was in competition with a number of other cities, “It’s a world series, so it has to go around the world, and the world is a big place.”

Other English cities including Southampton, Portsmouth and Liverpool as well as Cowes on the Isle of Wight could be considered. However it’s more likely that other Asian cities will fight for access to the World Series, which started in Cascais, Portugal before coming to Plymouth, which now heads to San Diego in November.

“We are talking to venues in China, the Middle East and Cape Town in South Africa,” he said.

“Plymouth took a real risk by welcoming a new sports property to town before anybody really knew what it was.

“There is no question: Plymouth has helped us to market it. And it’s a two-way street: let’s hope we’ve helped to market Plymouth.”

Plymouth brought a number of challenges to the sailors including sporadic weather and tough sea conditions, which tested the teams to their maximium.

“It has surprised a few people that Plymouth has been able to offer such a range of weather conditions,” Mr Worth said.

“Everyone has been pleased. It isn’t St Tropez, but would St Tropez see 15,000 or 20,000 people out to watch the sailing?

“My view is that sailors need to be tested, and not just in weather that’s nice and warm and sunny.

“Plymouth has given us a bit of pretty much every kind of weather. Nobody wants to see injuries or damage, but you want to see excitement.

“There have been a lot of challenges for the crews in the way the events have unfolded. Teams like China had to make emergency repairs they would have preferred not to have to deal with. But that’s life, and you get the same sort of thing in Formula One racing.”

He first visited Plymouth in March this year with a view of introducing a sailing event.

“Standing by Smeaton’s Tower on the Hoe was enough to convince me that if we were lucky with the weather it would provide a spectacular event.

“We had to reassure the race organisers that it would be OK, and definitely Plymouth has delivered what I expected.

“Plymouth offers just about everything you need, albeit it’s a long way from London. People have to make a conscious decision to travel here.

“The majority of people who have made the effort have been pleasantly surprised.”

“We have a lot of international guests in the city, so that kind of proves the point.”

Plymouth had a number of interesting visitors to the event which included Prince Michael of Kent who was a surprise visitor.

“The Royal visit this week was special. It demonstrates the interest in the event,” Mr Worth said.

When finally asked about the reactions from the teams, he said: “You can describe it in one way – the way they say ‘Plymouth’. Before we came here it used to have a question mark after it, ‘Plymouth?’, but they’ve dropped the question mark. The city has proved itself.”

Plymouth Farmers Market to Return

Posted on 9th September 2011 in Plymouth Events


The popular Plymouth Farmers’ Market is set to return to the city centre on Saturday 17 September. The market, which was previously situated in New George Street in Plymouth’s West End, will be taking place in Armada Way as the first step in re-introducing it to the city’s central thoroughfare.

Plymouth City Centre Company has been in discussion with the traders to decide on the best location for the market to draw in as many customers as possible for them as well as for the surrounding businesses.  Fifteen traders will be taking part in next Saturday’s Farmers’ Market, and the hope is that if it is a success it will be able to return as a fortnightly event.

Clint Jones, Plymouth City Centre Manager said: “The Farmers’ Market is very important to the city as it brings added vibrancy and choice for shoppers. The market didn’t work as well as we hoped at the bottom of New George Street and we have been working closely with the traders to decide on the best way to bring it back. We are confident that the new location in Armada Way will be a success. “There is a fantastic range of excellent quality local produce available right here on our doorstep, and we really want to make the most of that as well as attracting even more local farmers to take part.”

The Famers’ Market will be taking place in Armada Way on Saturday 17 September.

Plymouth City Council Leader Vivien Pengelly added: “Plymouth champions its local farmers and we want to find the best way of showcasing their produce to shoppers. I hope lots of people come to support the Farmers’ Market when it reopens in Armada Way and stock up on some of the delicious, locally produced food and drink on offer.