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Up town top ranking: Crosby makes list of best places to live

Sefton suburb and Heswall among cream of North West crop

WITH its 10 million hairdressers and just as many churches, you'd be crazy not to want to live there... wouldn't you?

Crosby has been named as one of the most desirable places to live in the North West in a national list of little Nirvanas compiled by The Sunday Times.

The north Liverpool suburb is just inside the Sefton borough - so, best of all, no purple bins. However, this was not cited as a reason to move there. Nor was the Crows Nest pub. Instead, good schools, the beach, the Antony Gormley Iron Men installation Another Place (which was nearly got rid of in 2006) and a bargain flat overlooking the Irish Sea were named as why you should live in L23.

It's a place where, according to the authors, locals like nothing more than to ask one another if Cherie Blair has been spotted in Boots lately. And happily there still is a Boots after developer Maghull laid waste to a whole section of the village a couple of years back.

Course, Cherie grew up in Waterloo, which is as close as dammit, and, many would say, much more fun than its neighbour.

The Best Places to Live list, first part published this Sunday, also recommends Heswall, and takes a wide range of elements into account including transport links, quality of schools, natural beauty, low crime rate, property prices, cultural life and unemployment figures.

The guide names the 10 most desirable locations in the North West as:

Kendal, Cumbria
Crosby, Merseyside
Lytham St Annes, Lancashire
Heswall, Wirral
Chester, Cheshire
Clitheroe, Lancashire
Northwich, Cheshire
Hale, Cheshire
Didsbury, Manchester
Ramsbottom, Lancashire

Property journalist Eleanor Mills, who edited the list, said: “I find there are particular bits of our crowded island which always retain a particular attraction for people. This will prove invaluable for anyone starting a family, retiring, or simply considering a move.”

It must be good, even Satterthwaites has been bought - by a baker from darn sarf.

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Stephen Fisher
Hi, Parts of the local district merge into each other and Greater Crosby is part of Sefton which is the area described.
  • October 12, 2014
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