Which South Lakeland town is one of the top ten best places to live in the North West?

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KENDAL is one of the top ten best places to live in the whole of the North West, according to a special study.

The historic market town has been assessed for 'quality of life' indicators like standard of schools, natural beauty, low crime rates, cultural life and unemployment levels.

And it has ranked the town in the ten best across the whole region - the only town in Cumbria to break into the list, which is dominated by Cheshire.

The list, which does not award positions within the top ten, also features Crosby, Merseyside; Lytham St Annes, Lancashire; Heswall, Wirral; Chester, Cheshire; Clitheroe, Lancashire; Northwich, Cheshire; Hale, Cheshire; Didsbury, Manchester, and Ramsbottom, Lancashire.

Other factors considered include transport links, whether it has a local festival, fascinating architecture and, curiously for Kendal, its property prices.

The survey was carried out on behalf of The Sunday Times's Best Places To Live which aims to identify the 'Nirvanas' of the UK.

South Lakeland District Council deputy leader Clare Feeney-Johnson said: "SLDC is proud that Kendal has been named as one of the top ten places to live in the North West.

"It is this kind of recognition of South Lakeland’s villages and towns that will help bring investment into the area."

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12:11pm Thu 14 Mar 13

PropMeUpWithTeabags says...

I'm sure on paper Kendal is a really nice place to live if ...

a) you were born here
b) you aren't from a different country
c) you aren't from anywhere else except Kendal
d) You don't have a funny accent

So if you are from Kendal you are okay if not then you are not welcome with your funny ideas...give it 40 years then you can say you're from Kendal.
I'm sure on paper Kendal is a really nice place to live if ... a) you were born here b) you aren't from a different country c) you aren't from anywhere else except Kendal d) You don't have a funny accent So if you are from Kendal you are okay if not then you are not welcome with your funny ideas...give it 40 years then you can say you're from Kendal. PropMeUpWithTeabags
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1:24pm Thu 14 Mar 13

Periodic Mabel says...

I moved to Kendal as an off-comer over 10 years ago and I feel moved to say that I haven't encountered the attitudes that Prop Me Up With Teabags describes. Cllr Feeney-Johnson is perhaps being a bit over-inclusive in turning this into a story about all of "South Lakeland's towns and villages", but hopefully residents of Kendal can take some pleasure in it.
I moved to Kendal as an off-comer over 10 years ago and I feel moved to say that I haven't encountered the attitudes that Prop Me Up With Teabags describes. Cllr Feeney-Johnson is perhaps being a bit over-inclusive in turning this into a story about all of "South Lakeland's towns and villages", but hopefully residents of Kendal can take some pleasure in it. Periodic Mabel
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5:29pm Thu 14 Mar 13

Kendmoor says...

Going to guess they didn't take the weather into account...
Going to guess they didn't take the weather into account... Kendmoor
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6:38pm Thu 14 Mar 13

zaney5 says...

The news story above this one kind of takes the shine off it though.
The news story above this one kind of takes the shine off it though. zaney5
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10:14pm Thu 14 Mar 13

Milkbutnosugarplease says...

Did this survey look at job opportunities?
Did this survey look at job opportunities? Milkbutnosugarplease
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6:13am Fri 15 Mar 13

Sir arthur says...

kendal is a town that is going downhill fast
kendal is a town that is going downhill fast Sir arthur
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10:35am Mon 18 Mar 13

BillyBob86 says...

PropMeUpWithTeabags You have the views of people in the 1960's. When I was a boy back then maybe these views were agreed with. Not nowadays though. Get with the times.
PropMeUpWithTeabags You have the views of people in the 1960's. When I was a boy back then maybe these views were agreed with. Not nowadays though. Get with the times. BillyBob86
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