South and Vale in top ten best places to live

Released on April 21, 2013

The Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire are two of Britain’s most desirable places to live according to the Halifax Rural Areas Quality of Life Survey, with both districts in the top ten.

The Vale of White Horse came eighth and South Oxfordshire came tenth in a survey of 119 rural local authority districts. 

The two districts ranked highly for employment figures, average earnings and for low crime figures. 

Cllr Judith Nimmo-Smith, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Property and Technical Services at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “It is great news to be recognised and to finish in the top ten.  We know from our residents’ surveys that they are happy with life in South Oxfordshire.”

Cllr Elaine Ware, Cabinet Member for Economy, Leisure and Property at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “We are delighted to be eighth in this extensive list.  We pride ourselves on helping to support our residents to have a good quality of life and finishing so high up shows that the Vale is a good place to live.”

The councils have supported the rural districts with the Southern Oxfordshire LEADER programme, a joint EU funded initiative, which has allocated more than £1.2 million of grant funding to local communities and businesses since.

The council also offers grants and support for community led planning to help residents and communities in the two districts.

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