G44 is num­ber one in post­code charts

Royal Mail re­veals its ‘de­sir­able post­codes’

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Kenny Smith

King’s Park and Croft­foot have been re­vealed as part of the most de­sir­able post­code sec­tor in Scot­land.

The Royal Mail com­mis­sioned a study of the most de­sir­able post­codes to live in Eng­land, Scot­land and Wales to mark the 40th an­niver­sary of the al­lo­ca­tion of post­codes to ev­ery ad­dress in Bri­tain.

The study by the Cen­tre for Economic and Busi­ness Re­search cal­cu­lated the most de­sir­able post­codes based on a range of fac­tors in­clud­ing em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, health, ed­u­ca­tion, crime rates and hous­ing af­ford­abil­ity.

And it was re­vealed that G44 was the most de­sir­able post­code sec­tor, which cov­ers King’s Park and Croft­foot, as well as Cath­cart and Clarkston.

Glas­gow South MP Tom Har­ris, who lives in King’s Park, said: “I’ve lived in the G44 area since 1987, even be­fore I was elected as the lo­cal MP.

“It’s a great place to bring up a fam­ily, the schools are won­der­ful and the peo­ple are nice - and it’s great to see it has been val­i­dated by an of­fi­cial sur­vey.

“The qual­ity of life is great, and we’ve also been lucky to ben­e­fit from a very friendly postal ser­vice here too, so I whole­heart­edly en­dorse what the Royal Mail are say­ing.”

Peter Fer­gu­son, the Re­former’s Glen­cairn cor­re­spon­dent, said: “I was brought up in Croft­foot, where I lived till I was 11, and then moved to Simshill where I lived till I got mar­ried aged 26, both in the G44 area. Af­ter a few years of mar­ried life in G73, we moved back to Croft­foot 14 years ago and have been there ever since. My fa­ther still lives in Simshill, and has been liv­ing in the G44 area for over 50 years now.

“My brother and I both at­tended Croft­foot Pri­mary School and King’s Park Sec­ondary, and now our four chil­dren between us have also gone through or are go­ing through th­ese ex­cel­lent schools.

“The trans­port links to the area are ex­cel­lent from the city cen­tre, with the train lines through to Kings Park and Croft­foot, and also mul­ti­ple bus ser­vices. The new M74 ex­ten­sion has also made travel to the air­port ex­tremely quick, as well as the Ea­gle­sham by­pass help­ing with quick ac­cess to Ayr­shire and the south west.

“There are plenty of sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties around the area, with Ham­p­den Park on our doorstep and also the new To­ry­glen Re­gional Foot­ball Cen­tre, and a short trip into G73 takes you to the area’s finest foot­ball club in Ruther­glen Glen­cairn FC.

“We feel very much at home here, and I have found that many of my school mates from pri­mary school from 30 plus years ago have also set­tled here with their re­spec­tive families, and my chil­dren are now friends with their chil­dren which is a nice on­go­ing con­nec­tion with the area.”

A spokesman for Coun­try­wide Es­tate agents in Burn­side, who reg­u­larly sell G44 prop­er­ties, said: “King’s Park is a highly-de­sir­able area.

“We find it is a pleas­ing lo­ca­tion for families and has good schools for lo­cal chil­dren, with easy ac­cess to the cen­tre of Glas­gow.”

Stamp of ap­proval Tom Har­ris MP has lived in the G44 area since 1987 and en­dorsed the Royal Mail re­port

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