Hart takes back the crown as UK’s best place to live

Hart District Council has reclaimed the crown as the UK’s best place to live for the fifth time in six years, according to the 2017 Halifax Quality of Life Survey. 

Commenting on the survey, Cllr David Neighbour, Leader of Hart District Council, said: 

“It’s great to see that the Halifax recognise the attributes which residents of Hart value so greatly and contribute to the quality of life we enjoy. This year we’re back at the top spot and it’s due to our continued investment in our resident’s wellbeing. Our new £23 million pound state-of-the-art Leisure Centre and new Bramshott Country Park are testament of this. 

Through our new Corporate Plan we will continue to deliver our key activities and priorities to encourage a thriving local economy, maintain a clean, green and safe environment, keep our communities healthy, and making sure we become a more efficient and effective Council. 

We face some challenges over the next few years with increasing pressure to provide more affordable homes and infrastructure with reduced government funding, but through all of this, we will remain committed to deliver services that continue to keep Hart as the best place to live.” 

The Halifax Quality of Life Survey has placed Hart in the top spot based on its high performance in a wide range of measures including: residents' health and life expectancy, 

overall well-being, employment, a low crime rate, relatively good weather and good broadband internet access. 

What makes Hart such a good place to live? 

  • Residents feel fit and well with more than nine in 10 (97%) reporting good or fairly good health 
  • It has the longest average female life expectancy in the UK of 86.7 years, and third longest for males (82.5) 
  • Hart has one of the highest employment rates with eight in ten (84%) 16-64 year-olds in work and weekly average earnings of £844 
  • The latest ONS figures indicate adults living in Hart are amongst the most happy, satisfied and content in the UK 
  • Residents enjoy one of the lowest crime rates in the country 
  • They also have a relatively good climate with more sunshine (32.5 hours per week against the national average of 29.7 hours) 

Here you can read the full press release from the Halifax.

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