Pop­u­la­tion growth sec­ond be­hind Lon­don

Gloucestershire Echo - - IN BRIEF -

» TEWKES­BURY saw the largest pop­u­la­tion boom in the UK out­side of Lon­don last year, new fig­ures show.

The bor­ough’s pop­u­la­tion swelled by 2,267 in just 12 months, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures re­leased by the Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics.

The num­ber of people liv­ing in Tewkes­bury in mid 2018 was 92,559, up from 90,332 in mid 2017. The 2.5 per cent in­crease is far above the UK av­er­age.

The rise was mainly fu­elled by in­ter­nal migration - with more people mov­ing to Tewkes­bury from other parts of the UK than trav­el­ling in the op­po­site di­rec­tion.

Leader of Tewkes­bury Bor­ough Coun­cil, coun­cil­lor Rob Bird (C, Cleeve West), said: “Hav­ing the largest per­cent­age change in pop­u­la­tion, out­side of Lon­don, re­ally does re­flect the fact that Tewkes­bury bor­ough is a fan­tas­tic place to live, work and grow a busi­ness. It is a beau­ti­ful part of the world with ac­cess to su­perb coun­try­side, in­de­pen­dent high streets, fa­mous land­marks, en­tic­ing events, su­perb com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties and ac­tive com­mu­nity groups.”

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