York and North Yorkshire towns "best places to live"

Gazette & Herald: York and North Yorkshire towns "best places to live" York and North Yorkshire towns "best places to live"

NORTH Yorkshire towns are among the best places to in the country, according to a Sunday Times list to be revealed this weekend.

The newspaper's 101 Best Places to Live in Britain includes 15 Yorkshire and North East towns, but these are dominated by the north of the county with York, seven North Yorkshire towns, plus Beverley in the rankings.

Highest placed is Skipton, which is named fourth best place to live in the UK, but elsewhere in the top 101 are Malton, Helmsley, Harrogate, Richmond, Easingwold, Beverley, York and Masham.

The guide combines data like crime rates, house prices and school performance with the local knowledge and the winning places were selected for offering the best quality of life to the widest number of people, and combining community spirit, good local shops and services and attractive outdoor spaces, a Sunday Times spokesman said.

Sunday Times Home Editor Helen Davies 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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1:34pm Fri 14 Mar 14

meme says...

DIDNT NEED THE SUNDAY TIMES TO TELL ME THIS
despite gripes York is fabulous and its still getting better
Ok we could do things better and the Council get lots wrong but its still fantastic
Lets celebrate it..... but I know this article will open a can of worms about what a terrible place it is as its too expensive to live here blah, blah, blah!!
well you don't get to live somewhere fantastic, cheaply
DIDNT NEED THE SUNDAY TIMES TO TELL ME THIS despite gripes York is fabulous and its still getting better Ok we could do things better and the Council get lots wrong but its still fantastic Lets celebrate it..... but I know this article will open a can of worms about what a terrible place it is as its too expensive to live here blah, blah, blah!! well you don't get to live somewhere fantastic, cheaply meme
  • Score: 23

1:38pm Fri 14 Mar 14

carpon says...

Now I know why I don't read The Sunday Times .
Now I know why I don't read The Sunday Times . carpon
  • Score: -14

1:39pm Fri 14 Mar 14

meme says...

I knew it ...someone who does not appreciate this fantastic city that we live in
I knew it ...someone who does not appreciate this fantastic city that we live in meme
  • Score: 17

2:07pm Fri 14 Mar 14

carpon says...

meme wrote:
I knew it ...someone who does not appreciate this fantastic city that we live in
If York was that fantastic, as residents we would have a council that was proactive, sensible house prices, a road network fit for purpose, better infrastructure, which would make this area more desirable for investment in employment. York is a living museum run by snobs. Still at least the tourists can look around the charity shops in the centre when businesses paying high rents to the council and York Minster relocate. THEN, parking, congestion wont be a problem. Its already been reported that house prices in York have dramatically increased above the national average. I would guess by the amount of traffic that the majority of residents commute out of York to pay their mortgages.
Not to mention flood defences etc. York = a bridge to far!
I stand by my previous comment, utter rubbish written by a editor down south that knows nothing of the North /South divide.
And no I am not affiliated to any political party but distrust them all equally.
[quote][p][bold]meme[/bold] wrote: I knew it ...someone who does not appreciate this fantastic city that we live in[/p][/quote]If York was that fantastic, as residents we would have a council that was proactive, sensible house prices, a road network fit for purpose, better infrastructure, which would make this area more desirable for investment in employment. York is a living museum run by snobs. Still at least the tourists can look around the charity shops in the centre when businesses paying high rents to the council and York Minster relocate. THEN, parking, congestion wont be a problem. Its already been reported that house prices in York have dramatically increased above the national average. I would guess by the amount of traffic that the majority of residents commute out of York to pay their mortgages. Not to mention flood defences etc. York = a bridge to far! I stand by my previous comment, utter rubbish written by a editor down south that knows nothing of the North /South divide. And no I am not affiliated to any political party but distrust them all equally. carpon
  • Score: -13

2:13pm Fri 14 Mar 14

meme says...

but compare York with most places and the complaints you have, some rightly so, pale into insignificance
Prices for houses are high precisely because its such a great place
Crime is pretty low
York has lots of fantastic individual shops unlike most towns/cities and most are not charity shops despite what you may tink
its got a fantastic selection of bars/restaurants and leisure pursuits
Its a fantastic cultural city steeped in history
It floods but we all know that and even that attracts tourists
Cars are a nightmare but that's price of success and at least most are not in the walls.
It has its problems and an ever increasing divide between the haves and have not's but I would rather be poor here than in Bradford!
but compare York with most places and the complaints you have, some rightly so, pale into insignificance Prices for houses are high precisely because its such a great place Crime is pretty low York has lots of fantastic individual shops unlike most towns/cities and most are not charity shops despite what you may tink its got a fantastic selection of bars/restaurants and leisure pursuits Its a fantastic cultural city steeped in history It floods but we all know that and even that attracts tourists Cars are a nightmare but that's price of success and at least most are not in the walls. It has its problems and an ever increasing divide between the haves and have not's but I would rather be poor here than in Bradford! meme
  • Score: 33

2:20pm Fri 14 Mar 14

carpon says...

meme wrote:
but compare York with most places and the complaints you have, some rightly so, pale into insignificance
Prices for houses are high precisely because its such a great place
Crime is pretty low
York has lots of fantastic individual shops unlike most towns/cities and most are not charity shops despite what you may tink
its got a fantastic selection of bars/restaurants and leisure pursuits
Its a fantastic cultural city steeped in history
It floods but we all know that and even that attracts tourists
Cars are a nightmare but that's price of success and at least most are not in the walls.
It has its problems and an ever increasing divide between the haves and have not's but I would rather be poor here than in Bradford!
Yeah I do agree with you .
[quote][p][bold]meme[/bold] wrote: but compare York with most places and the complaints you have, some rightly so, pale into insignificance Prices for houses are high precisely because its such a great place Crime is pretty low York has lots of fantastic individual shops unlike most towns/cities and most are not charity shops despite what you may tink its got a fantastic selection of bars/restaurants and leisure pursuits Its a fantastic cultural city steeped in history It floods but we all know that and even that attracts tourists Cars are a nightmare but that's price of success and at least most are not in the walls. It has its problems and an ever increasing divide between the haves and have not's but I would rather be poor here than in Bradford![/p][/quote]Yeah I do agree with you . carpon
  • Score: 10

3:50pm Fri 14 Mar 14

notmyrealname says...

We all know York is wonderful cos we live here ... but The Sunday Times need to actually send someone here and get their facts right. The article mentioned Micklegate with its "trendy cafes and Bistros" and "leafy " Fishergate for those with families ... and Guildhall for "city living'. Sort of true but sounded like they just looked at a map of the wards and then made up the rest.....
We all know York is wonderful cos we live here ... but The Sunday Times need to actually send someone here and get their facts right. The article mentioned Micklegate with its "trendy cafes and Bistros" and "leafy " Fishergate for those with families ... and Guildhall for "city living'. Sort of true but sounded like they just looked at a map of the wards and then made up the rest..... notmyrealname
  • Score: 16

6:50pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Alf Garnett says...

carpon wrote:
meme wrote:
I knew it ...someone who does not appreciate this fantastic city that we live in
If York was that fantastic, as residents we would have a council that was proactive, sensible house prices, a road network fit for purpose, better infrastructure, which would make this area more desirable for investment in employment. York is a living museum run by snobs. Still at least the tourists can look around the charity shops in the centre when businesses paying high rents to the council and York Minster relocate. THEN, parking, congestion wont be a problem. Its already been reported that house prices in York have dramatically increased above the national average. I would guess by the amount of traffic that the majority of residents commute out of York to pay their mortgages.
Not to mention flood defences etc. York = a bridge to far!
I stand by my previous comment, utter rubbish written by a editor down south that knows nothing of the North /South divide.
And no I am not affiliated to any political party but distrust them all equally.
Shut up.
[quote][p][bold]carpon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]meme[/bold] wrote: I knew it ...someone who does not appreciate this fantastic city that we live in[/p][/quote]If York was that fantastic, as residents we would have a council that was proactive, sensible house prices, a road network fit for purpose, better infrastructure, which would make this area more desirable for investment in employment. York is a living museum run by snobs. Still at least the tourists can look around the charity shops in the centre when businesses paying high rents to the council and York Minster relocate. THEN, parking, congestion wont be a problem. Its already been reported that house prices in York have dramatically increased above the national average. I would guess by the amount of traffic that the majority of residents commute out of York to pay their mortgages. Not to mention flood defences etc. York = a bridge to far! I stand by my previous comment, utter rubbish written by a editor down south that knows nothing of the North /South divide. And no I am not affiliated to any political party but distrust them all equally.[/p][/quote]Shut up. Alf Garnett
  • Score: -5

6:51pm Fri 14 Mar 14

nowthen says...

If one of the parameters was having a Council that acted upon the wishes of the electorate ; York wouldn't get a mention.
If one of the parameters was having a Council that acted upon the wishes of the electorate ; York wouldn't get a mention. nowthen
  • Score: -6

8:45pm Fri 14 Mar 14

spragger says...

North 'Gods own County' has a lot going for it
All the youth need are some decent jobs ..
North 'Gods own County' has a lot going for it All the youth need are some decent jobs .. spragger
  • Score: 7

8:52pm Fri 14 Mar 14

piaggio1 says...

Lived here all me life.
And my has it changed...full of middle class t****rs. Now.
Well thats my peneth thrown in.
Lived here all me life. And my has it changed...full of middle class t****rs. Now. Well thats my peneth thrown in. piaggio1
  • Score: 1

4:46am Sat 15 Mar 14

Magicman! says...

piaggio1 wrote:
Lived here all me life.
And my has it changed...full of middle class t****rs. Now.
Well thats my peneth thrown in.
It used to be TWO penneth worth didn't it? oh well, that's austerity for you!
[quote][p][bold]piaggio1[/bold] wrote: Lived here all me life. And my has it changed...full of middle class t****rs. Now. Well thats my peneth thrown in.[/p][/quote]It used to be TWO penneth worth didn't it? oh well, that's austerity for you! Magicman!
  • Score: 13

11:07am Sat 15 Mar 14

eeoodares says...

carpon wrote:
meme wrote:
I knew it ...someone who does not appreciate this fantastic city that we live in
If York was that fantastic, as residents we would have a council that was proactive, sensible house prices, a road network fit for purpose, better infrastructure, which would make this area more desirable for investment in employment. York is a living museum run by snobs. Still at least the tourists can look around the charity shops in the centre when businesses paying high rents to the council and York Minster relocate. THEN, parking, congestion wont be a problem. Its already been reported that house prices in York have dramatically increased above the national average. I would guess by the amount of traffic that the majority of residents commute out of York to pay their mortgages.
Not to mention flood defences etc. York = a bridge to far!
I stand by my previous comment, utter rubbish written by a editor down south that knows nothing of the North /South divide.
And no I am not affiliated to any political party but distrust them all equally.
It seems quite simple, if you do not like the City, move! I like it pretty much the way it is.
York has plenty of investment, there is huge investment. If you are expecting heavy engineering then York is not the right place, but small businesses are opening all the time. In other parts of the Country businesses need to be 'incentivised' to open there.
As far as the Council goes, they will be out at the next election.
Flood defences? I do not know how long you have lived in York but I remember large areas of housing being flooded, that simply does not happen anymore. Did you watch the News showing flooded houses from the top to the bottom of this country? did you see York on there? why?
I am sick of hearing people like you pulling the City down. Like I said at the start, if you do not like it, MOVE. Apparently, you know places with great councils, mega investment, great infrastructure, no flooding, cheap housing and full employment. Send us a postcard when you get there!
[quote][p][bold]carpon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]meme[/bold] wrote: I knew it ...someone who does not appreciate this fantastic city that we live in[/p][/quote]If York was that fantastic, as residents we would have a council that was proactive, sensible house prices, a road network fit for purpose, better infrastructure, which would make this area more desirable for investment in employment. York is a living museum run by snobs. Still at least the tourists can look around the charity shops in the centre when businesses paying high rents to the council and York Minster relocate. THEN, parking, congestion wont be a problem. Its already been reported that house prices in York have dramatically increased above the national average. I would guess by the amount of traffic that the majority of residents commute out of York to pay their mortgages. Not to mention flood defences etc. York = a bridge to far! I stand by my previous comment, utter rubbish written by a editor down south that knows nothing of the North /South divide. And no I am not affiliated to any political party but distrust them all equally.[/p][/quote]It seems quite simple, if you do not like the City, move! I like it pretty much the way it is. York has plenty of investment, there is huge investment. If you are expecting heavy engineering then York is not the right place, but small businesses are opening all the time. In other parts of the Country businesses need to be 'incentivised' to open there. As far as the Council goes, they will be out at the next election. Flood defences? I do not know how long you have lived in York but I remember large areas of housing being flooded, that simply does not happen anymore. Did you watch the News showing flooded houses from the top to the bottom of this country? did you see York on there? why? I am sick of hearing people like you pulling the City down. Like I said at the start, if you do not like it, MOVE. Apparently, you know places with great councils, mega investment, great infrastructure, no flooding, cheap housing and full employment. Send us a postcard when you get there! eeoodares
  • Score: 5

2:43pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Roger S says...

It's great Malton got a mention.

Surveys like this are taken seriously, but they are quite silly.

The better a place is the higher the house prices (in general but also proximity to london). Agree we need more exciting jobs around.

We all have to admit it's a pretty nice part of the world in general, but we can aspire for better and should. We need more dynamism in the economy.
It's great Malton got a mention. Surveys like this are taken seriously, but they are quite silly. The better a place is the higher the house prices (in general but also proximity to london). Agree we need more exciting jobs around. We all have to admit it's a pretty nice part of the world in general, but we can aspire for better and should. We need more dynamism in the economy. Roger S
  • Score: 5

5:00pm Sat 15 Mar 14

spottycow says...

IF you want money its down SOUTH. QUALITY OF LIFE ITS UP NORTH YORKSHIRE .END OFF....
IF you want money its down SOUTH. QUALITY OF LIFE ITS UP NORTH YORKSHIRE .END OFF.... spottycow
  • Score: -1

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