The Sunday Times – which every year assesses and compiles ranked lists of the best places to live in Britain – is putting Penarth at the top of the list of the ten “best places to live” in Wales.
The survey, which is due to be published on Sunday March 13th in the annual Sunday Times Best Places to Live Guide – names Penarth as the best place in Wales.
The Sunday Times experts toured 30 towns and villages across the whole of Wales and drew up a shortlist of 10 “Best Places” – but ranked Penarth at the very top.
Our Victorian seaside town came out head and shoulders above the attractive Pembrokeshire town of Narberth, the seaside town of Aberystwyth and Monmouth on the border with England.
Also in the running were Abersoch on the Lleyn peninsula, Colwinston (the second Vale of Glamorgan community to be listed) , Crickhowell, Langland, Llanidloes, and Llangollen.
The placings depended on more that just being pretty – they took into account crime rates, house prices and schools performances. Locations were selected for offering “the best quality of life to the widest number of people, and combining desirable features such as a positive community spirit, good local shops and services and attractive outdoor spaces”.
Penarth – known famously as “The Garden by the Sea” – has a population of 22,000 and could now be in with a chance in the UK-wide “Best Places to Live” placings
The Leader of Penarth Town Council and Deputy Mayor of Penarth Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines) has told the Sunday Times “Penarth is a wonderful place to live and we are privileged to have excellent schools, a thriving town centre and great community spirit.”
There will be a second part of the “Best Places to Live” published in The Sunday Times on March 20 which will reveal the best places in the Southwest, Midlands, London and the Northwest, as well as the overall best place to live in the UK.