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Tuesday, 22 September 2015 (3070665)
by Henry James

BURSCOUGH has been named in the top 20 best places in England and Wales for families to live, according to the Family Hotspots Report by financial firm One Family.

The annual report, which is now in its fifth year, helps families by revealing the best places to live in England and Wales by analysing everything from education, safety and childcare costs to local amenities, affordable property and green spaces.

Burscough was included in the list as it has property prices below the national average with a two bed costing £159,311 and high average wages (£22,662) which One Family says “suggests strong employment opportunities.”

The West Lancashire village, which has a population of over 18,000 people, is new to the Top 20. One Family says the following about Burscough: “The town has one secondary school, Burscough Priory Science College which achieved specialist school status in science, and a string of primaries. It also enjoys a very low crime rate. The Leeds and Liverpool canal runs through the village and is the site of a small retail and leisure development known as Burscough Wharf, which features a number of arts, craft and hobby shops. Families can enjoy a day out at Martin Mere a large wildfowl reserve and visitor attraction on the edge of the village.”

County councillor Cynthia Dereli, who is also a Burscough resident, commented: “'It’s is wonderful to see Burscough in the list of the top 20 places in the country to bring up children.

”But this is an acknowledgement of what many of us have known for a long time - that we have great schools with absolutely dedicated teachers doing a wonderful job for our children.

“And it’s also an acknowledgement of all the work that goes on in our community in and beyond the schools themselves – many people giving up their time to be involved in voluntary groups from churches to parish council from sports activities to craft groups, all helping to make this a great community to be part of and in which to bring up children.”

Alan Bullen, a former leader of the borough council and Burscough resident, added: “I am absolutely delighted that Burscough has gained the recognition that it has always deserved. I have lived here for 75 of my 77 years and I have had the priviledge of serving on the local authorities in the area and could not be more pleased.”

Top of the list was Wokingham.


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