Penarth has been knocked off the top spot in the annual Sunday Times list of the best places to live in Wales.
Last year the town was named by the Sunday Times as being the best place to live anywhere in Wales – but this year that accolade has gone to Cowbridge.
Cowbridge was named the regional winner for Wales in the list – which is due to be published on Sunday with judges saying that the town’s chic shops, affluent swagger and “designer clobber” put it ahead of everywhere else in the country .
Penarth is still in the list of the top 12 best places to live in Wales. Runners up to Cowbridge were (in alphabetical order)
- Bishopston and the Gower
- …and Penarth
Amongst the factors the judges took into consideration were crime ( it’s up in Penarth), education, and the judges’ own feel of each town – taking into account local pubs, ease of transport and the range of attractive property available in the community.
Helen Davies, editor of The Sunday Times Best Places to Live, described Cowbridge as “the smartest of market towns”. She said: “It is less about dour old pubs and dusty charity shops”, [there are 9 charity shops in Penarth, not counting the Tabernacle Foodbank] “…and more about tapas at Bar 44 and live jazz at the Arboreal bistro. There is an affluent swagger at high-street shops”.
It is the fifth year the Best Places to Live guide has been published and Ms Davies says this year’s is more personal, detailed and comprehensive than before.
Penarth Conservative AM Andrew RT Davies (South Wales Central) has welcomed the news that Penarth is still in the Sunday Times top list and remains “one of the best places to live in Wales”.
He says “there is something for everyone in Penarth . Young families benefit from the excellent local schools, while retirees enjoy the fantastic community spirit and activities.He said it was a vibrant yet peaceful town, with lots of top quality shops, cafes and restaurants.”
Mr Davies said, “As someone who represents the area, it is obviously great to see Penarth named among the best places to live in Wales, but it’s important to consider the wider benefits this brings to the Vale. It really is excellent news, and we must congratulate the wonderful people of Penarth!”
The Conservative Leader went on to say “The economic benefits this accolade will bring will be significant, and praise must go to the shops, small businesses and wider community who have made it such a pleasant place to live.”