Bor­ough is named ‘best place to live’

Macclesfield Express - - BARLOW’S BRIEF -

CHESHIRE East is the best place to live in the North West, ac­cord­ing to a qual­ity of life survey.

The survey, by the Hal­i­fax bank, takes life ex­pectancy, fam­ily in­come, em­ploy­ment rate, exam per­for­mance – and even sun­shine and rain­fall – into ac­count.

The bor­ough is ranked 100th out of the top 250 bor­oughs across the coun­try, mov­ing up from 105th in 2013.

And it heads the ta­ble of the 10 north west lo­cal au­thor­i­ties which have made it on to the fi­nal list, in­clud­ing neigh­bour­ing Cheshire West and Ch­ester, which ranked 135th, and War­ring­ton, which came in at 213.

Ac­cord­ing to the survey, av­er­age weekly earn­ings are high­est in Cheshire East at £808 – well above the na­tional av­er­age of £629 – and the bor­ough is in third place be­hind Traf­ford and Stock­port for broad­band con­nec­tion. It also came in third place for good health based on the survey re­sults.

But when other fac­tors are taken into con­sid­er­a­tion – in­clud­ing life ex­pectancy, per­sonal sat­is­fac­tion and em­ploy­ment lev­els – Cheshire East comes out top in the north west.

Cheshire East Coun­cil leader Michael Jones said: “This is won­der­ful news and un­der­lines what I have al­ways stated, that Cheshire East is a great place to live and work.

“We have low un­em­ploy­ment and fall­ing, youth un­em­ploy­ment has more than halved, our jobs growth is fan­tas­tic and salaries are ris­ing with qual­ity jobs com­ing into the bor­ough all the time.

“We are also an au­thor­ity which looks after its older peo­ple.”

The re­search also puts Cheshire East into third place in the re­gion for its GCSE re­sults and fourth for its 16+ qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

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