Street named best in coun­try to start fam­ily

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

AROAD with pretty parks, top schools and beau­ti­ful coun­try­side on the doorstep has been named the best in the coun­try to start a fam­ily.

Shrigley Road in Bolling­ton has come out top for start­ing a fam­ily in an in­dex cov­er­ing 1.8mil­lion post­codes across the coun­try.

The sur­vey by prop­erty re­search tool Prop­er­ty­De­tec­ fac­tored in the qual­ity of schools, nurs­eries and child­care providers, crime rates, pop­u­la­tion den­sity and green spa­ces.

Young fam­i­lies on the quaint semi-ru­ral street say they are happy liv­ing there – in the town known per­haps un­sur­pris­ingly as ‘Happy Val­ley’.

Jen­nifer Mur­ray, 31, hus­band Richard, 35, and son Nathan, 16 months, moved to the road five months ago. Richard runs wood prod­ucts firm Eye­wood De­signs on the road too.

Jen­nifer said: “It’s great that Shrigley Road has been named the best place to start a fam­ily, but we’re not re­ally sur­prised. We love liv­ing here.

“It’s got fan­tas­tic fa­cil­i­ties, parks and ameni­ties, is close to the canal and Mid­dle­wood Way but still close to shops too.

“We’ve heard good things about the schools and Bolling­ton has great com­mu­nity spirit.”

The data also pro­duced the top ten best places to raise a fam­ily, topped by Bent­ley’s Farm Lane near War­ring­ton. Poyn­ton was named the best place to be as a com­pro­mise be­tween the two ti­tles.

The South East of Eng­land fares less well, with just a hand­ful of lo­ca­tions within easy com­mut­ing dis­tance of Lon­don mak­ing the top 100.

Karen Lo­max, 47, who lives on Shrigley Road with hus­band Neil and sons Lewis, 13 and Re­gan 16, said her sons en­joyed the out­door space when they were grow­ing up.

She said: “There are parks and places to walk but you can also get to Manch­ester easily.

“The nurs­eries and schools are won­der­ful. It’s a great com­mu­nity and peo­ple look af­ter their prop­er­ties here.

“Com­ing out top in the sur­vey gives a sense of pride in where we live.”

Louise Eyre, 42, has lived with hus­band Adam, son Tom, 14, and daugh­ter Hollie, nine, on Shrigley Road years.

Louise said: “We lived in Bolling­ton be­fore and up-sized to Shrigley Road be­cause we like it so much.

“Its ameni­ties, schools, recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties and so­cial life for adults are all fan­tas­tic. It’s quite ru­ral and we’re close to parks and White Nancy. We’re re­ally happy liv­ing here.”



l● Stephen Hem­pen­stall has been on the run for two weeks since be­ing sen­tenced for bur­glary

l● Richard and Jen­nifer Mur­ray and son Nathan live in Shrigley Road, Bolling­ton (be­low)

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