Bromley Cross among best places to live

THE suburb of Bromley Cross has been named one of the best places to live in the country.

A survey, commissioned by Family Investments, looked at quality of schools, childcare provision, affordability of living and crime levels.

The market town of Wokingham in Berkshire topped the table, followed by: Woodley, Berkshire; Chulmleigh, Devon; Lightwater, Surrey; Shebbear, Devon; Oakham, Rutland; Bromley Cross; Bingham, Nottinghamshire; Chinnor, Oxfordshire; Yarm, Yorkshire; and Chandlers Ford, Hampshire.

These are followed by: Bloxham, Oxfordshire; Malmesbury, Wiltshire; Wendover, Buckinghamshire; Bradninch, Devon; Topsham, Devon; Twyford, Berkshire; Dunnington, Yorkshire; Guildford, Surrey and Llangammarch Wells, Powys.

Kate Moore, head of savings and investments at Family Investments, said: “Everybody has different ideas about what makes a great location to start a family and bring up a child and we have tried to be as comprehensive as possible in gathering information on the factors parents have told us are most important.”

The factors considered by the study included key stage two and four results, school inspection outcomes, quantity and quality of early years care, affordability of childcare, local crime figures and property affordability.

It also considered the availability of an existing population of parents with young children, parks and green spaces, leisure centres, zoos and farms and museums and theatres.

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11:16am Tue 2 Oct 12

Jackfinlay says...

Yeah but only if drive a range rover and can give each other a high six!
Yeah but only if drive a range rover and can give each other a high six! Jackfinlay

11:28am Tue 2 Oct 12

Rememberscarborough says...

I was brought up in Bromley Cross before moving to Horwich as a teenager in 1980 and it was an unspoilt paradise to explore during my childhood. Now it's nothing but housing estates and gridlocked traffic so it makes you wonder what sort of criteria were used in drawing up this lsit.
I was brought up in Bromley Cross before moving to Horwich as a teenager in 1980 and it was an unspoilt paradise to explore during my childhood. Now it's nothing but housing estates and gridlocked traffic so it makes you wonder what sort of criteria were used in drawing up this lsit. Rememberscarborough

11:45am Tue 2 Oct 12

I, Ludicrous says...

It's gone up in the ratings since they shipped a load of undesirables out to Horwich :-)
It's gone up in the ratings since they shipped a load of undesirables out to Horwich :-) I, Ludicrous

1:02pm Tue 2 Oct 12

billyexpat says...

Lived in BX before leaving England and will be looking to return there very pleasant place. Horwich used to be known as Burglers paradise but it seems arsonist have claimed the title now.
Lived in BX before leaving England and will be looking to return there very pleasant place. Horwich used to be known as Burglers paradise but it seems arsonist have claimed the title now. billyexpat

1:29pm Tue 2 Oct 12

BoltonX says...

Jackfinlay wrote:
Yeah but only if drive a range rover and can give each other a high six!
Envy, it’s a wonderful thing. No doubt if Family Investments did a survey of your place of residence it would be in the hundreds.
[quote][p][bold]Jackfinlay[/bold] wrote: Yeah but only if drive a range rover and can give each other a high six![/p][/quote]Envy, it’s a wonderful thing. No doubt if Family Investments did a survey of your place of residence it would be in the hundreds. BoltonX

2:41pm Tue 2 Oct 12

billyexpat says...

9:06am Tuesday 2nd October 2012 in News
DRIVERS who leave their cars unlocked can expect a visit from the police.

Officers have launched a ‘shock tactics’ operation to drive home the message about locking your car.

It follows a series of incidents in which thieves have got into vehicles which have been left insecure. In three nights, officers visited 26 streets in Horwich and found 34 cars left unlocked and one front door.

Sgt Andy Vernon, who is leading the operation, said: “We have looked at our crime figures across the area and there have been a number of burglaries and thefts from vehicles as a result of cars being left insecure.

Looks like the burglers are fighting back
9:06am Tuesday 2nd October 2012 in News DRIVERS who leave their cars unlocked can expect a visit from the police. Officers have launched a ‘shock tactics’ operation to drive home the message about locking your car. It follows a series of incidents in which thieves have got into vehicles which have been left insecure. In three nights, officers visited 26 streets in Horwich and found 34 cars left unlocked and one front door. Sgt Andy Vernon, who is leading the operation, said: “We have looked at our crime figures across the area and there have been a number of burglaries and thefts from vehicles as a result of cars being left insecure. Looks like the burglers are fighting back billyexpat

2:45pm Tue 2 Oct 12

Jackfinlay says...

BoltonX wrote:
Jackfinlay wrote:
Yeah but only if drive a range rover and can give each other a high six!
Envy, it’s a wonderful thing. No doubt if Family Investments did a survey of your place of residence it would be in the hundreds.
That was a joke. An observation! ¿Comprende?
I'm quite well off! I have to say 'lol' now..... Lol
[quote][p][bold]BoltonX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jackfinlay[/bold] wrote: Yeah but only if drive a range rover and can give each other a high six![/p][/quote]Envy, it’s a wonderful thing. No doubt if Family Investments did a survey of your place of residence it would be in the hundreds.[/p][/quote]That was a joke. An observation! ¿Comprende? I'm quite well off! I have to say 'lol' now..... Lol Jackfinlay

7:10pm Tue 2 Oct 12

andy_88 says...

not surprised as the idiot spoiled kids go and trash other areas and go home back to Bromley Cross.
not surprised as the idiot spoiled kids go and trash other areas and go home back to Bromley Cross. andy_88

9:46pm Tue 2 Oct 12

Comment777 says...

Bromley Cross is a desirable place to live, open spaces, good schools, local shops providing fresh produce, parks for families, superb town centre less than five miles away...but you will need a time machine to go back 30 years!!!!

What kind of misleading survey is this, it should probably be accused of misrepresentation...
Edgworth is on the doorstep but does not seem to feature in the top 20...

Bromley Cross is a grid locked over developed nightmare of a place...I have happy memories of my childhood there but sadly on the few occasions when I now visit I am dismayed by what it has become; the greed for more and more rate payments shown by those occupying Bolton's victorian town hall is the cause of all the village's problems and yet in the 90s they sell Blair hospital to a group of Asians for very little return (bearing in mind the building and its land where given to the people of the area) who then sold the land on for building losing the area one of its finest buildings....Good luck to all those who live in Bromley Cross, I hope this survey makes you feel proud of where you live but in reality the village is a consequence of bad planning, greed and speculation an indictment of today's society.
Bromley Cross is a desirable place to live, open spaces, good schools, local shops providing fresh produce, parks for families, superb town centre less than five miles away...but you will need a time machine to go back 30 years!!!! What kind of misleading survey is this, it should probably be accused of misrepresentation... Edgworth is on the doorstep but does not seem to feature in the top 20... Bromley Cross is a grid locked over developed nightmare of a place...I have happy memories of my childhood there but sadly on the few occasions when I now visit I am dismayed by what it has become; the greed for more and more rate payments shown by those occupying Bolton's victorian town hall is the cause of all the village's problems and yet in the 90s they sell Blair hospital to a group of Asians for very little return (bearing in mind the building and its land where given to the people of the area) who then sold the land on for building losing the area one of its finest buildings....Good luck to all those who live in Bromley Cross, I hope this survey makes you feel proud of where you live but in reality the village is a consequence of bad planning, greed and speculation an indictment of today's society. Comment777

11:55pm Tue 2 Oct 12

Amy Hare says...

andy_88 wrote:
not surprised as the idiot spoiled kids go and trash other areas and go home back to Bromley Cross.
you won't have seen how many times the bus stop outside the co-op was smashed up then will you Andy, and it was often due to children from outside the area. And as for idiot spoiled kids, I think you're forgetting there is a council estate slap bang in the middle that is full of children who are mostly not idiots and are definitely not spoilt!!!!! don't tar them all with the same brush please! This article was first published some months ago in another publication and it used schools, green space, parks, transport links and Leisure centre's as part of the survey, given the local leisure centre is no longer accessible to the majority of the village due to the running being taken over by the school I feel the standings have possibly changed somewhat.
@Comment777 how right are you, I've spent many a morning stuck in traffic taking my daughter from Bromley Cross to a School in Egerton, bottleneck it still is i'm afraid!
[quote][p][bold]andy_88[/bold] wrote: not surprised as the idiot spoiled kids go and trash other areas and go home back to Bromley Cross.[/p][/quote]you won't have seen how many times the bus stop outside the co-op was smashed up then will you Andy, and it was often due to children from outside the area. And as for idiot spoiled kids, I think you're forgetting there is a council estate slap bang in the middle that is full of children who are mostly not idiots and are definitely not spoilt!!!!! don't tar them all with the same brush please! This article was first published some months ago in another publication and it used schools, green space, parks, transport links and Leisure centre's as part of the survey, given the local leisure centre is no longer accessible to the majority of the village due to the running being taken over by the school I feel the standings have possibly changed somewhat. @Comment777 how right are you, I've spent many a morning stuck in traffic taking my daughter from Bromley Cross to a School in Egerton, bottleneck it still is i'm afraid! Amy Hare

8:18am Wed 3 Oct 12

exiled says...

No doubt Ed Millipede and his one -nation rubbish, will wish to tax people for living there.
No doubt Ed Millipede and his one -nation rubbish, will wish to tax people for living there. exiled

8:15pm Wed 3 Oct 12

atlas123 says...

Amy Hare wrote:
andy_88 wrote:
not surprised as the idiot spoiled kids go and trash other areas and go home back to Bromley Cross.
you won't have seen how many times the bus stop outside the co-op was smashed up then will you Andy, and it was often due to children from outside the area. And as for idiot spoiled kids, I think you're forgetting there is a council estate slap bang in the middle that is full of children who are mostly not idiots and are definitely not spoilt!!!!! don't tar them all with the same brush please! This article was first published some months ago in another publication and it used schools, green space, parks, transport links and Leisure centre's as part of the survey, given the local leisure centre is no longer accessible to the majority of the village due to the running being taken over by the school I feel the standings have possibly changed somewhat.
@Comment777 how right are you, I've spent many a morning stuck in traffic taking my daughter from Bromley Cross to a School in Egerton, bottleneck it still is i'm afraid!
If it is so bad, do both of yourselves (and the rest of the roadusers) a favour... Walk your bloody kids to school!
[quote][p][bold]Amy Hare[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andy_88[/bold] wrote: not surprised as the idiot spoiled kids go and trash other areas and go home back to Bromley Cross.[/p][/quote]you won't have seen how many times the bus stop outside the co-op was smashed up then will you Andy, and it was often due to children from outside the area. And as for idiot spoiled kids, I think you're forgetting there is a council estate slap bang in the middle that is full of children who are mostly not idiots and are definitely not spoilt!!!!! don't tar them all with the same brush please! This article was first published some months ago in another publication and it used schools, green space, parks, transport links and Leisure centre's as part of the survey, given the local leisure centre is no longer accessible to the majority of the village due to the running being taken over by the school I feel the standings have possibly changed somewhat. @Comment777 how right are you, I've spent many a morning stuck in traffic taking my daughter from Bromley Cross to a School in Egerton, bottleneck it still is i'm afraid![/p][/quote]If it is so bad, do both of yourselves (and the rest of the roadusers) a favour... Walk your bloody kids to school! atlas123

6:31pm Thu 4 Oct 12

davoovad says...

Sounds like just the place our Asian friends would like.
Sounds like just the place our Asian friends would like. davoovad

6:36pm Thu 4 Oct 12

davoovad says...

Jackfinlay wrote:
BoltonX wrote:
Jackfinlay wrote:
Yeah but only if drive a range rover and can give each other a high six!
Envy, it’s a wonderful thing. No doubt if Family Investments did a survey of your place of residence it would be in the hundreds.
That was a joke. An observation! ¿Comprende?
I'm quite well off! I have to say 'lol' now..... Lol
Sorry i couldn't help noticing, it appears that i'm considerable richer than you.
[quote][p][bold]Jackfinlay[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BoltonX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jackfinlay[/bold] wrote: Yeah but only if drive a range rover and can give each other a high six![/p][/quote]Envy, it’s a wonderful thing. No doubt if Family Investments did a survey of your place of residence it would be in the hundreds.[/p][/quote]That was a joke. An observation! ¿Comprende? I'm quite well off! I have to say 'lol' now..... Lol[/p][/quote]Sorry i couldn't help noticing, it appears that i'm considerable richer than you. davoovad

7:42pm Thu 4 Oct 12

Jackfinlay says...

davoovad wrote:
Jackfinlay wrote:
BoltonX wrote:
Jackfinlay wrote:
Yeah but only if drive a range rover and can give each other a high six!
Envy, it’s a wonderful thing. No doubt if Family Investments did a survey of your place of residence it would be in the hundreds.
That was a joke. An observation! ¿Comprende?
I'm quite well off! I have to say 'lol' now..... Lol
Sorry i couldn't help noticing, it appears that i'm considerable richer than you.
Nice one.
[quote][p][bold]davoovad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jackfinlay[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BoltonX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jackfinlay[/bold] wrote: Yeah but only if drive a range rover and can give each other a high six![/p][/quote]Envy, it’s a wonderful thing. No doubt if Family Investments did a survey of your place of residence it would be in the hundreds.[/p][/quote]That was a joke. An observation! ¿Comprende? I'm quite well off! I have to say 'lol' now..... Lol[/p][/quote]Sorry i couldn't help noticing, it appears that i'm considerable richer than you.[/p][/quote]Nice one. Jackfinlay

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