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WATCH: Falmouth wins 'best places to live' vote
4:23pm 20th March 2017
(Updated 4:23pm 20th March 2017)
Falmouth has topped a poll to rank the 'Best Places to Live perennials' in Britain.
The Sunday Times guide celebrates the places that have appeared in almost every list over the past five years.
The Cornish town has come first in a readers' vote, ahead of Stamford in Lincolnshire and Skipton in Yorkshire.
Tavistock in Devon also features in The Sunday Times new guide, which was released on Sunday.
It looks at everything from jobs, exam results and broadband speed to culture, community spirit and local shops in order to compile what the paper calls 'the definitive top locations to make your home'.
The Sunday Times says: "The methodology relies on hard data and robust statistics on crime and education, but also on knowledge from The Sunday Times judging panel.
"The judges combine the numbers with their own experience of the villages, towns and cities, such as local pubs, ease of transport and the range of attractive property to ensure the chosen locations truly are places where readers and their families can thrive".
Commenting on The Sunday Times Best Places to Live, Home Editor Helen Davies said: "This is the fifth year we have compiled the list, and this year's is even bigger and better - the guide is more personal, more detailed and more comprehensive than ever before".
Richard Wilcox, Falmouth Business Improvement District (BID) Manager said, “Falmouth truly is a terrific place to live and work. To be continually recognised on the prestigious Sunday Times Best Places to Live lists is a great accolade for the town, and one of the continually talked-about aspects of Falmouth is the strength of the community spirit, that sense of togetherness. The enthusiasm and sense of pride is palpable and it is to their credit that Falmouth has named as the ‘Best of the Best’ on the Top 20 ‘perennial favourites’ listing. This is another fantastic credit to the town after the recent win in the Great British Best High Street competition as well.”
Local Anna Druce, on Instagram, said, “Having grown up in Falmouth, I came back five years ago after living in Australia and I wonder why I ever left. The town has a wonderful year-round feel, and the mix of students, tourists and locals gives it a vibrancy and creative edge that is unique.”
Anna continues, “My favourite event is the International Sea Shanty Festival where the streets are closed and there are pop-up stages all through the town. It’s all free and family friendly - I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.”
Take a look at what makes Falmouth so popular...
Vanessa Clark, owner of the town's top Tripadvisor accommodation – the Highcliffe Contemporary B&B - said, “Falmouth has a real town feel set in a fairy book location. With its sweeping beaches and harbour side location Falmouth offers small business owners a platform for cottage industry and a wonderful lifestyle opportunity. A progressive town with many different avenues of business opportunity on offer, it has a creative and innovative community still with plenty of room for growth. The University means that there is a young and fresh population deciding to stay on after their studies: adding to an already vibrant work force. Today’s technology is a driving force behind Falmouth’s success as we become more willing to move away from needing face-to-face office hours. Falmouth is an obvious home for new business and unlike many other coastal towns it has the infrastructure to support this trend. We have never looked back.”
Neil Chadwick Co-founder and Chairman of Seasalt Cornwall said, “What makes Falmouth such a great place to live and work is the combination of having a working harbour, a university, a go ahead business environment, and top of the list the pride of the local people. It is a real a creative centre and it also helps that it’s a sailing haven, it’s got the real lifestyle factor and is a wonderful place to be. In short, it's the people, the industry, the beauty, the optimism.”
Councillor Grenville Chappel, Town Mayor said, “Falmouth truly is a wonderful place to live and work and it is my fortune to be its Mayor. We have a vibrant, clean and safe environment, receiving national accolades for being of high quality in terms of our shopping environment, parks and gardens and beaches. The Town Council engages with its residents to provide the services that they ask us to, this is usually in partnership and we rely on our community volunteers to deliver much of that. There is a real evident tangible sense of community spirit here which makes it so special.”
Richard Wilcox, Falmouth Business Improvement District (BID) Manager, said, “There’s a lively, constantly creative feel here along with a terrific mix of the interesting old streets and breath-taking coastal environment. This sits comfortably alongside the contemporary harbour side developments at Packet and Discovery Quays. The entrepreneurial energy of the place is contagious, with quirky book shops, art galleries and imaginative, independent bars, cafes and restaurants that thrive here. It is clear that the marine sector, along with Falmouth’s market-leading education and tourism sectors, form the pillars of our local economy and contribute to the unique proposition we are lucky enough to have here in Falmouth. It is our job as the BID, in partnership with the Town Council, to ensure that our offering is effectively communicated to attract not only visitors, but also business investment, and new residents, to the town. Our strategic marketing initiatives and ‘Falmouth: Spirit of the sea’ brand is making a positive impact and ensuring new revenue streams are fed into the town.”
Richard continues, “As a Town Team we strive to deliver a host of exciting projects that include a vibrant year-round festivals programme, business upskilling schemes, marketing campaigns and community engagement initiatives to be delivered. We feel this sets Falmouth apart by helping raise the town’s profile, attracting new business investment, reducing the number of vacant units and supporting a more positive and vibrant high street. This encourages greater pride of place in addition to giving people lots of compelling reasons to visit the town time and time again to discover why we all love living here. There is also a real tangible sense of community spirit here that I feel encapsulates what a small, real working town can offer."4:23pm 20th March 2017
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