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King_Ghidra
18-04-2007, 09:54:26
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/berkshire/6564923.stm

A Berkshire town has been named the worst place in Britain to bring up a family, according to a new survey.
The Reader's Digest poll asked 1,000 parents to list the things that make for a family-friendly environment.

The researchers then ranked places on how they scored against the criteria - which included crime rates, good local hospitals and affordable housing.

Reading was last in 408th place, while Oxford was 399th. The Scottish district of East Dunbartonshire came top.

Nav
18-04-2007, 10:22:23
Kind of a stupid poll, I imagine if you would split Reading up into its districts some areas might come out favourably while others come out er less so.

Fistandantilus
18-04-2007, 10:25:58
No shit. The bald accountants district in Reading is the place everyone'd like to be raised. I know I do.

King_Ghidra
18-04-2007, 10:26:00
urban areas fared badly across the board

"The winning areas are predominantly rural, peppered with small country towns - only three include towns with populations greater than 40,000,"

Funko
18-04-2007, 10:47:54
Speaking of K_G's survey views in the other thread. This brought up by a resident marketing expert on another forum:

Reader's Digest polled 1,162 parents with children under 16 and asked them to rate the characteristics of family-friendly locations - giving these a rating from 1 to 10, depending on their importance.

So they polled 1162 people about 408 areas, ie. about 3 people per region.

King_Ghidra
18-04-2007, 10:57:45
i thought the regions in the poll were completely independent of the sample. the researchers just took the parents priorities and then found how regions met them

Funko
18-04-2007, 11:06:29
Ah ok.

Still, survey concerns are valid. I think it's ridiculous that Oxford is 10th worst place in the country to bring up kids. Great schools, fairly crime free, really pretty city, quite a lot of green space. It's just expensive.

MOBIUS
18-04-2007, 11:17:08
A friend of mine who comes from Oxford says it is home to some of the roughest estates in the UK...

Funko
18-04-2007, 11:29:50
Hmm.

Fistandantilus
18-04-2007, 11:42:47
Funko seems to care a bit too much about this :hmm:

MOBIUS
18-04-2007, 12:07:04
I can't remember what he called the area, but here's something I googled:

Rose Hill is reputedly one of the most deprived estates in the country[citation needed]. It has major social problems. These focus on unemployment (the rate here is 10%, which is significantly higher than the 4% of the rest of Oxfordshire); and on crime, in the form of drug abuse (mainly of crack and heroin), street crime and anti-social behaviour.

It wasn't Rose Hill he mentioned...

King_Ghidra
18-04-2007, 12:09:42
everyone thinks their town has the worst estates in the UK

MattHiggs
18-04-2007, 12:18:10
There are no bad estates in Salford.

King_Ghidra
18-04-2007, 12:22:20
:lol:

Lazarus and the Gimp
18-04-2007, 13:18:22
I've been to a lot of places, and Reading really isn't bad. Just compare it to somewhere genuinely desperate like Barrow-in-Furness.

Yes- housing in Barrow-in-Furness is cheap. But that's because it's horrible and nobody wants to live there.

MattHiggs
24-04-2007, 13:58:23
Just posting to retract my statement about Salford.

I bought a motorbike on Sunday at 4pm and it was stolen at 2:30am the following morning.

Bastards!

MDA
24-04-2007, 14:11:58
probably the guy you bought it from, he's sold it 3 times now

Bob
24-04-2007, 14:13:30
In fact he sold it 3 times to Matt

MDA
24-04-2007, 14:44:20
10 and a half hours of ownership :(

Lurker the Second
24-04-2007, 15:03:47
Ouch.

Provost Harrison
24-04-2007, 19:03:42
I see Hull is slipping. Very disappointing :(

Provost Harrison
24-04-2007, 19:04:50
I also see the neighbouring borough of Lewisham isn't too far behind ;)

King_Ghidra
25-04-2007, 08:13:59
hull and lewisham are neighbours?

MDA
25-04-2007, 12:01:49
Brett or Bobby?

novacane
26-04-2007, 13:08:30
Shrewsbury ranks a mid-table 201. One place above Wokingham. :p

Bob
26-04-2007, 13:12:07
That's amazing

Bob
26-04-2007, 13:12:58
I was once in Schisswick.

zmama
26-04-2007, 13:14:10
I was once in Buffalo


(ok ok more than once)

Bob
26-04-2007, 13:14:45
When you play WoW?

mr_G
26-04-2007, 13:16:38
I was once not in Buffalo


(ok ok more than once)

Bob
26-04-2007, 13:17:11
Prove it

zmama
26-04-2007, 13:17:24
They have hotdogs there..on Wednesdays too

Bob
26-04-2007, 13:18:30
The have wednesdays?

Tizzy
26-04-2007, 13:18:35
I wanna hotdog

Bob
26-04-2007, 13:19:18
I wanna CWurst

zmama
26-04-2007, 13:21:04
http://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en-commons/thumb/e/e4/250px-Currywurst.jpg

Tizzy
26-04-2007, 13:21:59
I wanna Wednesday.

No wait. A Saturday.

MattHiggs
26-04-2007, 14:39:23
Originally posted by MDA
probably the guy you bought it from, he's sold it 3 times now

I know the guy that did it. His brother is in prison at the moment for manslaughter so I can't even seek some revenge and smash his face in :bash:

It has been recovered now but it is in pretty bad condition.