It’s official: Vale is great place to live

The scenic pond in Haddenham

The scenic pond in Haddenham

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AYLESBURY Vale is considered to be one of the best places to live according to a national survey.

The Vale ranked sixth out of 119 rural local authority districts, in a quality of life survey produced by Halifax; and came second in the south east

Local performance was ranked across key areas including employment, housing, the environment, education, health, good broadband access, traffic, weather and crime.

Councillor John Cartwright, Leader of Aylesbury Vale District Council, said: “This survey confirms what everyone who lives in Aylesbury Vale already knows - we live in one of the best parts of Great Britain.

“There are of course many factors which make up this kind of assessment, but we believe that great quality public services play an important role in any area.”

The Halifax survey highlights several reasons for the Vale’s high rating. These include:

Residents are fit and well with 94 per cent reporting general good health, with an average life expectancy of 80; the employment rate is high at 77.6 per cent and many residents enjoy relatively high incomes with weekly average earnings of £720; and CO2 emissions stand at 2.1 tonnes per person, well ahead of the national average of 2.21 tonnes.

The survey announcement coincides with the publication of the district council’s new Corporate Plan which focuses on key promises to improve the area.

Over the next three years AVDC will focus on four priorities: protecting and improving the living experience; growing the local economy; delivering efficient and economic services; and improving communication and interaction with customers.

Cllr Cartwright said: “The authority is proud of its district and will be doing everything it can to ensure that Aylesbury Vale remains right at the top of the table.”

In the south east Aylesbury Vale was beaten by just one other local authority district - Waverley.

Across the country as a whole the Vale was beaten by East Cambridgeshire, Wychavon in the West Midlands, South Cambridgeshire, East Hertfordshire and Waverley.

Halifax used data from a number of sources to produce their results. This included local authorities, DEFRA, the Met Office and the Department for Transport.