Cirencester included in The Times' list of 30 best places to live in the countryside

Cirencester included in list of 30 best places to live in the countryside

Cirencester included in list of 30 best places to live in the countryside

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CIRENCESTER can take back its crown as capital of the Cotswolds after being included in a list of the top 30 places to live in the countryside.

The list, published by The Times, arrived a week after the Cotswold town was left off the newspaper’s poll of the best towns in the South West.

Coming in at number 22, Cirencester was recognised for its celebrity residents and bustling cultural calendar.

It said: “If it seems odd to pick the Cotswolds’ urban centre for a countryside round-up, it’s because this Roman market town has lots of music festivals, art exhibitions and shops but still feels rural without the kitsch of the villages nearby.”

The news was welcomed by Andrew Tubb, chief executive of Cirencester Town Council, who said that the town is one “to be very proud of”.

He said: “Many people and organisations deserve credit for this latest recognition in continuing to build on the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of the town and its community.”

Mr Tubb also drew attention to the findings of a recent Action for Market Towns survey which showed that only four per cent of commercial properties in the town are empty compared to the national average of 10 per cent.

Cirencester came under fire for being left off The Times’ previous list, with members of the Standard’s online community describing it as “tired, shoddy and dirty”.

Cotswold MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown defended the town, saying it was a “really good gateway to Wales, the South and the West Midlands”.

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3:59pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Geoff66 says...

Hang on a minute..... it only made 22 in the South West, and Cirencester should have, and could have, been so much higher, if only Cotswold District Council and Cirencester Town Council had been actively investing in the long-term regeneration and development of the town over the last 20 year or so.

YES Cirencester is a lovely place to live, and it does have a lot to offer, BUT it should be oh so much more! 20 plus years of neglect, and a failure to invest in the long-term future and development of the town, has surely had a negative impact on the town and its image.

It really isn't the "Jewel in the Cotswolds" like it once was, nor does it show off, or celebrate it's rich historic past. Yes we have some beautiful buildings, and a number of our facilities and provisions offer fantastic services, but walk around our streets, and you too will be disappointed to see the dirty and shoddy buildings, roads and pavements, streets cluttered with A-boards and parked cars. Empty shop units, yet alone a multitude of estate agents, charity shops, mobile phone shops and coffee shops, which fail to offer shoppers and tourists alike, a rich and essential provision of exclusive and diverse shops and facilities.

Where is the investment in the town's aesthetical appearance and its green environment....where are the beds of flowers, trees and shrubs, planters and hanging baskets adorning our streets and shop fronts?

Why are our streets full of parked cars, vans and delivery lorries, which ruin the historical appearance and beauty of our town and streets.....and why do we have expensive car parking charges which do nothing, but deter shoppers and visitors alike, and create a cash-cow for our local council, at the expense of our residents, local shoppers, tourists and visitors, and ultimately at local businesses who will continue to see falling numbers of customers and visitors, which in turns puts the long-terms financial security and stability of the town at risk. Yes some businesses are growing, but the majority are struggling and fighting to survive.


Cirencester you should be the "Jewel of the Cotswolds" and i hope in time we can reclaim this title, but until such time that our council's and local MPs take some radical and essential actions to invest in our town and its long-term future and sustainability, unfortunately our image and reputation will remain somewhat tarnished. Surely it is now time for some urgent action??
Hang on a minute..... it only made 22 in the South West, and Cirencester should have, and could have, been so much higher, if only Cotswold District Council and Cirencester Town Council had been actively investing in the long-term regeneration and development of the town over the last 20 year or so. YES Cirencester is a lovely place to live, and it does have a lot to offer, BUT it should be oh so much more! 20 plus years of neglect, and a failure to invest in the long-term future and development of the town, has surely had a negative impact on the town and its image. It really isn't the "Jewel in the Cotswolds" like it once was, nor does it show off, or celebrate it's rich historic past. Yes we have some beautiful buildings, and a number of our facilities and provisions offer fantastic services, but walk around our streets, and you too will be disappointed to see the dirty and shoddy buildings, roads and pavements, streets cluttered with A-boards and parked cars. Empty shop units, yet alone a multitude of estate agents, charity shops, mobile phone shops and coffee shops, which fail to offer shoppers and tourists alike, a rich and essential provision of exclusive and diverse shops and facilities. Where is the investment in the town's aesthetical appearance and its green environment....where are the beds of flowers, trees and shrubs, planters and hanging baskets adorning our streets and shop fronts? Why are our streets full of parked cars, vans and delivery lorries, which ruin the historical appearance and beauty of our town and streets.....and why do we have expensive car parking charges which do nothing, but deter shoppers and visitors alike, and create a cash-cow for our local council, at the expense of our residents, local shoppers, tourists and visitors, and ultimately at local businesses who will continue to see falling numbers of customers and visitors, which in turns puts the long-terms financial security and stability of the town at risk. Yes some businesses are growing, but the majority are struggling and fighting to survive. Cirencester you should be the "Jewel of the Cotswolds" and i hope in time we can reclaim this title, but until such time that our council's and local MPs take some radical and essential actions to invest in our town and its long-term future and sustainability, unfortunately our image and reputation will remain somewhat tarnished. Surely it is now time for some urgent action?? Geoff66
  • Score: 10

5:18pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Iansky says...

Well said Geoff and I totally agree with you, what was once the jewel in the crown is fast becoming the thorn in the side!

We offer very little to encourage tourism and plans to improve the market place will only work if parking charges encourage visitors to stay awhile rather than pay the minimum and run.

We have lost more small businesses in the past couple of years (my wife will shortly be added to that list as she has had enough of a town with few visitors who stay and shop and then blame parking charges for not being able to browse and shop).

Our pavements are lethal with trip hazards and as Geoff said the only bussinessees that keep appearing are the estate agents, charity shops and coffee shops - where is the heart and soul of a town I once knew and loved for its family run businesses and frindly people with clean streets and cheap parking - All gone!

I am surprised we even made 22 and whoever thinks we made No.1 must be reading a copy from 20+ yrs ago!
Well said Geoff and I totally agree with you, what was once the jewel in the crown is fast becoming the thorn in the side! We offer very little to encourage tourism and plans to improve the market place will only work if parking charges encourage visitors to stay awhile rather than pay the minimum and run. We have lost more small businesses in the past couple of years (my wife will shortly be added to that list as she has had enough of a town with few visitors who stay and shop and then blame parking charges for not being able to browse and shop). Our pavements are lethal with trip hazards and as Geoff said the only bussinessees that keep appearing are the estate agents, charity shops and coffee shops - where is the heart and soul of a town I once knew and loved for its family run businesses and frindly people with clean streets and cheap parking - All gone! I am surprised we even made 22 and whoever thinks we made No.1 must be reading a copy from 20+ yrs ago! Iansky
  • Score: 11

10:32pm Mon 31 Mar 14

esse quam viderie says...

With elections in 2015 I look forward to geoff and Lansky actually standing for the council and actually DOING something instead of their ceaseless criticism of others.
My late Father used to call people like that "all talk and no trousers!"
With elections in 2015 I look forward to geoff and Lansky actually standing for the council and actually DOING something instead of their ceaseless criticism of others. My late Father used to call people like that "all talk and no trousers!" esse quam viderie
  • Score: 2

11:48pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Geoff66 says...

Totally non-political "esse quam vinderie", nor do i care who was to blame, BUT what i will say is that i have lived in Cirencester for 40 plus years now, and it is about time that local residents actually stood up to be counted, and that they start to seriously debate about what is happening to our once beautiful town.

Don't shoot the messenger...and instead of burying your head in the sand like others, have some conviction to help bring about, and demand change
Totally non-political "esse quam vinderie", nor do i care who was to blame, BUT what i will say is that i have lived in Cirencester for 40 plus years now, and it is about time that local residents actually stood up to be counted, and that they start to seriously debate about what is happening to our once beautiful town. Don't shoot the messenger...and instead of burying your head in the sand like others, have some conviction to help bring about, and demand change Geoff66
  • Score: 4

11:17am Tue 1 Apr 14

Rex Cooper says...

Geoff66 - you haven't answered the question. Why don't you actually do something about the situation ? You can debate it until the cows come home
. As esse quam viderie suggests get yourself in a position to influence change - no one is asking you to be political - just practical
Geoff66 - you haven't answered the question. Why don't you actually do something about the situation ? You can debate it until the cows come home . As esse quam viderie suggests get yourself in a position to influence change - no one is asking you to be political - just practical Rex Cooper
  • Score: -1

12:12pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Geoff66 says...

Right ..... as a previous community empowerment and regeneration manager i have probably done more than anyone to help support and develop communities, and promote the needs and aspirations of people, groups and individuals.

Exactly what have you guys done?????
Right ..... as a previous community empowerment and regeneration manager i have probably done more than anyone to help support and develop communities, and promote the needs and aspirations of people, groups and individuals. Exactly what have you guys done????? Geoff66
  • Score: 3

10:29pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Union Man says...

It is widely believed that Geoff is also a renowned poet...
It is widely believed that Geoff is also a renowned poet... Union Man
  • Score: -1

11:25pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Geoff66 says...

Nope clearly just an old fool who thought things could change in Cirencester....clear
ly I am wasting my breath
Nope clearly just an old fool who thought things could change in Cirencester....clear ly I am wasting my breath Geoff66
  • Score: 1

9:47am Wed 2 Apr 14

Jessica Rabbit says...

I wasn't aware it was Geoff66's job to change Cirencester? Surely that is the responsibility of those who sit behind desks at the CTC and CDC?
I wasn't aware it was Geoff66's job to change Cirencester? Surely that is the responsibility of those who sit behind desks at the CTC and CDC? Jessica Rabbit
  • Score: 1

1:09pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Iansky says...

esse quam viderie wrote:
With elections in 2015 I look forward to geoff and Lansky actually standing for the council and actually DOING something instead of their ceaseless criticism of others. My late Father used to call people like that "all talk and no trousers!"
Spoken like a politician/councillo
r.

I would rather be outspoken than be one of the lemings who go along with the crowd and keep quiet.

If I had the time I would certainly consider it, anything to get rid of the cronyism that has been present for too long - but perhaps you are part of that and fully support the price hikes in parking & rents.
[quote][p][bold]esse quam viderie[/bold] wrote: With elections in 2015 I look forward to geoff and Lansky actually standing for the council and actually DOING something instead of their ceaseless criticism of others. My late Father used to call people like that "all talk and no trousers!"[/p][/quote]Spoken like a politician/councillo r. I would rather be outspoken than be one of the lemings who go along with the crowd and keep quiet. If I had the time I would certainly consider it, anything to get rid of the cronyism that has been present for too long - but perhaps you are part of that and fully support the price hikes in parking & rents. Iansky
  • Score: 1

4:40pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Geoff66 says...

ENOUGH!! The way some of the residents of Cirencester act, and some of the divs on this site, yet alone those of you who really don't care, it won't be long before we start seeing "Pay Day Loan shops" and "Pawn Brookers" setting themselves up in Cirencester.... i see there is a nice shop unit free next to the Parish Church, which would make an ideal site.

SHOCK HORROR....let's see what happens when people give up caring, and what happens when residents simply walk around with their heads down, and won't say boo-to-a-goose. If you are not prepared to stand up for your town and demand that it develops and changes for the better, then you are guilty of failing to care and of simply giving up on your town....at least i have got the guts to stand up and say what i think needs to be done....and i am glad that at least my head isn't buried in the sand like some of you, who either don't want to rock the boat or have given up on Cirencester.

What has to happen before some of you actually have the passion to fight for a better Cirencester??
ENOUGH!! The way some of the residents of Cirencester act, and some of the divs on this site, yet alone those of you who really don't care, it won't be long before we start seeing "Pay Day Loan shops" and "Pawn Brookers" setting themselves up in Cirencester.... i see there is a nice shop unit free next to the Parish Church, which would make an ideal site. SHOCK HORROR....let's see what happens when people give up caring, and what happens when residents simply walk around with their heads down, and won't say boo-to-a-goose. If you are not prepared to stand up for your town and demand that it develops and changes for the better, then you are guilty of failing to care and of simply giving up on your town....at least i have got the guts to stand up and say what i think needs to be done....and i am glad that at least my head isn't buried in the sand like some of you, who either don't want to rock the boat or have given up on Cirencester. What has to happen before some of you actually have the passion to fight for a better Cirencester?? Geoff66
  • Score: 9

6:06pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Rex Cooper says...

Geoff66 so you are an ex 'community empowerment and regeneration manager' It sounds like a job title from a loony left council. Did they pay you a salary for your unstinting efforts ?
See you on the hustings soon will we ?
Geoff66 so you are an ex 'community empowerment and regeneration manager' It sounds like a job title from a loony left council. Did they pay you a salary for your unstinting efforts ? See you on the hustings soon will we ? Rex Cooper
  • Score: -4

9:14pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Geoff66 says...

So what have you ever done then Rex?????? Do people employ morons like you?? I have done more positive work for communities, voluntary groups and charities than you matey, and to be frank I am proud of the work and contribution which I have made. It is prats like you who haven't got a clue, andwho have failed today's society. Some of us strive to help make a difference, you clearly are destined to simply be an utter moron. Grow up Rex
So what have you ever done then Rex?????? Do people employ morons like you?? I have done more positive work for communities, voluntary groups and charities than you matey, and to be frank I am proud of the work and contribution which I have made. It is prats like you who haven't got a clue, andwho have failed today's society. Some of us strive to help make a difference, you clearly are destined to simply be an utter moron. Grow up Rex Geoff66
  • Score: 0

8:13am Sat 5 Apr 14

Col Mustard says...

Zzzzzzzzzzzzz ! So what did the Romans ever do for us ?
Er they gave us Cirencester and we collectively messed it up !
Zzzzzzzzzzzzz ! So what did the Romans ever do for us ? Er they gave us Cirencester and we collectively messed it up ! Col Mustard
  • Score: 1

10:52pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Rex Cooper says...

Geoff66...... You must now be ashamed of that tirade.
Geoff66...... You must now be ashamed of that tirade. Rex Cooper
  • Score: 0

1:45pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Geoff66 says...

Nope
Nope Geoff66
  • Score: 0

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