Buxton named one of best places to live

The Pavilion Gardens in Buxton
The Pavilion Gardens in Buxton

Buxton has been named as one of the best towns in the Midlands by The Sunday Times.

The accolade comes in part two of The Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide, which is published on Sunday March 20 and lists 13 towns, which also includes Lichfield in Staffordshire.

The annual supplements combine data and statistics such as crime rates, house prices and school performance with the local knowledge and expertise of Sunday Times writers to compile the definitive top locations to make your home.

The locations were selected for offering the best quality of life to the widest number of people, and combining desirable features such as a positive community spirit, good local shops and services and attractive outdoor spaces.

On hearing the news, Roddie MacLean, chairman of Buxton Town Team, said: “They are right. From the town team’s point of view some people think that the town team needs to do stuff because it’s a sign of what’s wrong with the place, when infact it’s what’s right with the place.

“What the town team does makes it more welcoming and better for people in the town and people can get involved.”

The Sunday Times Best Places to Live in Britain Part two is the second in a two part series.

This weekend it reveals the best places to live in the Southwest, Midlands, London and the Northwest, as well as the overall best place to live in the UK.

Part one revealed the best places in the Southeast, East, Northeast and Yorkshire, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales.

Commenting on The Sunday Times Best Places to Live, home editor Helen Davies said: “The second part of the Best Places to Live guide continues our tour of Britain as we highlight the wonderful array of places to live across the country. Each place truly deserves its inclusion on the list, as we carefully consider each one, combining key statistics with our writers’ informed knowledge to produce a truly authoritative guide.”

Readers will be able to join in the conversation on social media by sharing their favourite places and why they love them using the hashtag #bestplacestolive.