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#1 teralin

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 11:25 AM

I need to be in County Durham area and I have been trying to research which are the nicest places to live. I don't need to commute so communications are less important than attractiveness, low crime etc. To give you an idea, I have been looking at Bishop Auckland - (also Auckland Park and St Helen Auckland), Barnard Castle, Esh Winning, Witton Park. If anyone has a good knowledge of these areas, or can suggest others, I would be really pleased to hear your honest opinions so that I can focus my search before I arrive.

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 03:32 PM

I need to be in County Durham area and I have been trying to research which are the nicest places to live. I don't need to commute so communications are less important than attractiveness, low crime etc. To give you an idea, I have been looking at Bishop Auckland - (also Auckland Park and St Helen Auckland), Barnard Castle, Esh Winning, Witton Park. If anyone has a good knowledge of these areas, or can suggest others, I would be really pleased to hear your honest opinions so that I can focus my search before I arrive.

Thanks


Can only comment on 2.

Bishop Auckland - lovely place if you like cocaine, heroin or being stabbed.
Barnard Castle - nice but gonna be pricey

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 10:07 PM

Sad to say that the Bishop Auckland area is so crime ridden that it's a no go area. I was born in County Durham and have lived in many parts of it - but no longer. The whole of the former Durham coalfield is similarly blighted despite having a population who are largely decent people. At least most are but steer clear of places like Chilton, - 99% scum.

There are pockets of good places. Teesdale from Barnard Castle upstream is one, expensive by Durham standards but cheap by most others. The small villages just inside Durham like Barningham and Hutton Magna were stolen from Yorkshire and are also good areas. The villages where the kids are lucky enough to go to Yorkshire schools are more expensive. There may be good bits in Weardale but you have to get out of the criminal commuting distance of West Auckland. West Auckland is a cess pit. There is an annual crime wave along the A66 corridor associated with the Appleby Fair, a mixture of traveling thieves and local thieves using the travellers as cover.

As for the west of Durham City area, there are some reasonable spots but you have to keep away from places like Tow Law, try Lanchester.

Why do you want to move to Durham? Do you have kids?

The police are completely useless, too few of them, what there are have typical police problems, lazy, cowards who spend more time drinking and gambling than policing.
The health service in Durham is shameful, ditto the former Cleveland area. Hope you never end up in Hartlepool General Butcher's Shop.
Education is dreadful, it took me years to recover and I moved away to prevent my kids being infected.


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Posted 28 May 2009 - 11:34 AM

Sad to say that the Bishop Auckland area is so crime ridden that it's a no go area. I was born in County Durham and have lived in many parts of it - but no longer. The whole of the former Durham coalfield is similarly blighted despite having a population who are largely decent people. At least most are but steer clear of places like Chilton, - 99% scum.

There are pockets of good places. Teesdale from Barnard Castle upstream is one, expensive by Durham standards but cheap by most others. The small villages just inside Durham like Barningham and Hutton Magna were stolen from Yorkshire and are also good areas. The villages where the kids are lucky enough to go to Yorkshire schools are more expensive. There may be good bits in Weardale but you have to get out of the criminal commuting distance of West Auckland. West Auckland is a cess pit. There is an annual crime wave along the A66 corridor associated with the Appleby Fair, a mixture of traveling thieves and local thieves using the travellers as cover.

As for the west of Durham City area, there are some reasonable spots but you have to keep away from places like Tow Law, try Lanchester.

Why do you want to move to Durham? Do you have kids?

The police are completely useless, too few of them, what there are have typical police problems, lazy, cowards who spend more time drinking and gambling than policing.
The health service in Durham is shameful, ditto the former Cleveland area. Hope you never end up in Hartlepool General Butcher's Shop.
Education is dreadful, it took me years to recover and I moved away to prevent my kids being infected.


Please don't buy, rent first and insure your contents.


But other than that it's ok?

Best post i have read in a while, and spot on IMHO.

#5 teralin

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 11:45 AM

Thanks for your responses - pretty damning stuff. I will have to rethink where I want to be in the north-east. Any suggestions gratefully received.

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 12:32 PM

The nicer parts of newcastle, or some of the towns and villages in northumberland, but keep away from ashington and blyth

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 07:27 PM

Thanks for your responses - pretty damning stuff. I will have to rethink where I want to be in the north-east. Any suggestions gratefully received.


welcome to hell :ph34r:

no but being serious every town has its "nice" and "bad" areas take sunderland seaburn dene is a nice place but pennywell is a bad place to live

this rule applies to every town in the uk its up to you to check it out !

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 08:20 PM

welcome to hell :ph34r:

no but being serious every town has its "nice" and "bad" areas take sunderland seaburn dene is a nice place but pennywell is a bad place to live

this rule applies to every town in the uk its up to you to check it out !


assuming you have a car, start in york and drive north until you start squirming.

its likely to be a little south of darlington, somewhere around the dalton-on-tees A167 area (crossing the tees basicly)

that said, head west enough to places like hamsterley and some of the smaller hamlets & its ok, but never as nice as south of the tees.

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 08:30 PM

assuming you have a car, start in york and drive north until you start squirming.

its likely to be a little south of darlington, somewhere around the dalton-on-tees A167 area (crossing the tees basicly)

that said, head west enough to places like hamsterley and some of the smaller hamlets & its ok, but never as nice as south of the tees.


marske by the sea is a nice place to live saltburn or why not try robin hoods bay just south of whitby

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 04:55 PM

Places like Bowes and Cotherstone are delightful. Blanchland, Consett.

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 02:48 AM

I lived in Chilton for a few years and had no bother whatsoever.

I live in Darlington now, West End is a nice place to live, as is Merrybent, High and Low Coniscliffe. Prices are softening up nicely as well although they still have some way to go.
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Posted 17 August 2009 - 04:27 AM

Sad to say that the Bishop Auckland area is so crime ridden that it's a no go area. I was born in County Durham and have lived in many parts of it - but no longer. The whole of the former Durham coalfield is similarly blighted despite having a population who are largely decent people. At least most are but steer clear of places like Chilton, - 99% scum.

There are pockets of good places. Teesdale from Barnard Castle upstream is one, expensive by Durham standards but cheap by most others. The small villages just inside Durham like Barningham and Hutton Magna were stolen from Yorkshire and are also good areas. The villages where the kids are lucky enough to go to Yorkshire schools are more expensive. There may be good bits in Weardale but you have to get out of the criminal commuting distance of West Auckland. West Auckland is a cess pit. There is an annual crime wave along the A66 corridor associated with the Appleby Fair, a mixture of traveling thieves and local thieves using the travellers as cover.

As for the west of Durham City area, there are some reasonable spots but you have to keep away from places like Tow Law, try Lanchester.

Why do you want to move to Durham? Do you have kids?

The police are completely useless, too few of them, what there are have typical police problems, lazy, cowards who spend more time drinking and gambling than policing.
The health service in Durham is shameful, ditto the former Cleveland area. Hope you never end up in Hartlepool General Butcher's Shop.
Education is dreadful, it took me years to recover and I moved away to prevent my kids being infected.


Please don't buy, rent first and insure your contents.

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 04:30 AM

Thanks for your responses - pretty damning stuff. I will have to rethink where I want to be in the north-east. Any suggestions gratefully received.

Weardale is an undiscovered wilderness, and I love it. It is quite insular though. Middelton in Teesadle is also a nice spot.
These places are failry remote, if that is what you are looking for.

If you want beer for a quid a pint and charlie for 3 quid a pop, try Close House :lol: :lol:
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Posted 17 August 2009 - 04:32 AM

I lived in Chilton for a few years and had no bother whatsoever.

I live in Darlington now, West End is a nice place to live, as is Merrybent, High and Low Coniscliffe. Prices are softening up nicely as well although they still have some way to go.

Where in Chilton were you dog?
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#15 Bob Loblaw

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 10:40 AM

Where in Chilton were you dog?


I lived in Meadowdale, the new(ish) estate on the left as you are heading out of the village to the Eden Arms roundabout. I only bought it as it was cheap (3 bed detached with garage and large garden for £75,000) and because I worked from home a lot commuting was not really an issue. Never had any bother in Chilton and rather liked it. Mind, I never went to the pubs there and never really had much to do with the village apart from go to the shop occasionally. Was great when the bypass opened as traffic stopped and the place was better for it. Are you from Chilton?
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