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    • neneromanova
    • By neneromanova 9th Jan 18, 11:39 AM
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    Swindon or Colchester?
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    • 9th Jan 18, 11:39 AM
    Swindon or Colchester? 9th Jan 18 at 11:39 AM
    Following on from my other thread, Dad was surprisingly receptive to us moving (We haven't asked about extra work force yet, small steps) so I'm looking into whether Swindon or Colchester is better.

    Swindon: closer to family (2.5hr drive back) OH's Aunt and Uncle live there, We've lived there before (me only 4 months but OH years)

    Colchester: I've only visited the outskirts twice, OH has visited loads before. Plus his Best mate lives there so he won't be there with no social life (His only reason he is torn over moving)

    But what is either area like to live in permanently. Schooling, Shopping, Leisure etc.

    Thanks
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    • chesky
    • By chesky 10th Jan 18, 9:14 PM
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    Is there a difference in house prices? This could be a determining issue.
    • neneromanova
    • By neneromanova 11th Jan 18, 11:08 AM
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    Not for the kind of house we're looking for. Swindon might be a little bit cheaper, but not by huge amounts.
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    • MysteryMe
    • By MysteryMe 11th Jan 18, 10:08 PM
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    I am very happy in Colchester. I have lived here for 30 years. I am not local, I originally come from London.

    It's commutable to London with easy access to the City and Canary Wharf.

    Has some nice streets in the town centre with small individual shops as well as a High St with the usual suspects.

    There is the Castle in the town with large gardens and a boating lake. There are a couple of museums and a new arts centre. There is a country park at Highwoods in the north of the town plus the surrounding countryside and seaside.

    But what I like may not be what you like or other people like. I've not been in Swindon, only driven around it, so can't compare. Housing does seem cheaper so you would most probably get more for your money there.

    If you do get to the stage of looking at houses post up if you like and I will give what info I know on the area.
    • keepcalmandstayoutofdebt
    • By keepcalmandstayoutofdebt 12th Jan 18, 12:11 AM
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    Yeah, OH's aunt and uncle say they have 7000 houses being built on the east of Swindon.

    OH works for himself (and my dad) and can work at home so no need to worry about commuting.

    I've heard that there is a massive rise in crime in/near Colchester. Is this true?

    I quite like the idea of Colchester being near the sea, close to ports to go on holiday to Europe. But Swindon does have an Ice Rink (would like to go to hockey matches and do some skating with the kids)

    I looked at prices to go to London from Both this Saturday. Colchester came out at £60 for 5 of us, Swindon was £170!! So Expensive!
    Originally posted by neneromanova
    To be fair there are new development builds going up in Colchester too. (particularly the north part) I love doing the walk from Colchester stadium area to ASDA to get the steps in, I find it so peaceful and lovely but know that's times a coming and there will be a lot more new houses going up which maybe to your advantage - I also think there are plans for a state of the art cinema complex thingy in this area too so you might want to look into this.

    There is an ice rink (roller world) that's in Colchester that I remember as a teen from the one and only time I tried to skate!! and not to far you have the 'birthplace of radio' city of Chelmsford which also hosts an ice rink (which can be seen on a certain Ice programme when they are in training that has recently started again I do believe, I could be wrong but the ad's on the rink looked far to familiar!)

    Once had an Interviewer (from Clacton way) who made it sound like getting their first home in no where else but Colchester was going to be a mission! So totally see it could be an upcoming enviable place to live.

    Don't know about crime so much - wouldn't have said it's worse then anywhere else.
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    • neneromanova
    • By neneromanova 12th Jan 18, 1:24 PM
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    What are the "rough" areas that I need to Avoid? I know in Swindon you stay away from any of the P's as that's the worst places to live.

    I saw a lovely house yesterday on rightmove in All Saints Avenue, but that sold today
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    • jackieblack
    • By jackieblack 12th Jan 18, 4:00 PM
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    There is an ice rink (roller world) that's in Colchester
    Originally posted by keepcalmandstayoutofdebt
    No, it's a roller skating rink (there's a clue in the name ), there's no ice ( unless you count the dry ice in the laser tag, but you can't skate on that!)
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    • maman
    • By maman 12th Jan 18, 6:10 PM
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    Sorry, haven't read your previous thread but I'm surprised that things like zoos and skating would be a priority when choosing somewhere to live.

    I'd put finding work as a priority and that would include prospects for youngsters in the future. Then affordability of houses in catchment areas for good schools. Unless you need to get to London regularly then the cost isn't a major consideration. It's good to have friends and family around but not essential unless you plan to ask them to help with childcare.

    I'm sure most people who don't live in their home town have moved for work or affordable housing. I'd be amazed if anyone moved to live near a zoo or a shopping centre.
    • MysteryMe
    • By MysteryMe 12th Jan 18, 7:56 PM
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    It's what the OP wants to know that is relevant, they asked for information on "Schooling, Shopping, Leisure etc."


    OP

    Areas I would avoid are Greenstead, small parts of Highwoods (most is fine), some areas off Berechurch Rd / Kohina Ave (the old army housing)

    The house you liked in All Saints Rd is in the catchment area of a very popular school, Philip Morant, hence why it will be snapped up quickly.

    There are one or two other roads that are not great but using google streetmap will flag up the obvious run down, rough looking places.
    Last edited by MysteryMe; 12-01-2018 at 8:00 PM.
    • neneromanova
    • By neneromanova 12th Jan 18, 8:28 PM
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    We’re lucky that OH works from home so doesn’t need to worry about looking for work.

    I’m looking at things to do with kids that you don’t have to travel hours to get to.
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    DD2 Born 29th August 2010
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    • neneromanova
    • By neneromanova 12th Jan 18, 8:30 PM
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    And the reason we’re moving out of Devon, is for prospects for the kids. There’s nothing down here for the kids job wise, so we’re moving now before DD1 goes to secondary school.
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    DD2 Born 29th August 2010
    DS1 Born 28th October 2013
    Got Married 15th September 2012 Now Mrs Clark


    • Robinette
    • By Robinette 13th Jan 18, 10:52 AM
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    What are the "rough" areas that I need to Avoid? I know in Swindon you stay away from any of the P's as that's the worst places to live.

    I saw a lovely house yesterday on rightmove in All Saints Avenue, but that sold today
    Originally posted by neneromanova
    Yes, avoid all the 'Ps' - except Peatmoor, which has some very nice parts.

    Also avoid Walcot, although confusingly Old Walcot (also known as Walcot West) is a desirable area. I have a lovely four-bed semi for sale there.
    • Callie22
    • By Callie22 13th Jan 18, 4:30 PM
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    Yes, avoid all the 'Ps' - except Peatmoor, which has some very nice parts.

    Also avoid Walcot, although confusingly Old Walcot (also known as Walcot West) is a desirable area. I have a lovely four-bed semi for sale there.
    Originally posted by Robinette
    I'd add Liden to the list of places to avoid in Swindon, although Lawn is nice and Old Town (bits of it - the southern side of Bath Road rather than the Eastcott Hill area which is called 'Old Town' by the local estate agents to hide the rough bits ) and Kingshill (again in parts). Witchelstowe is the new development down by the M4 but it has something of a reputation, personally I'd avoid that for the moment mainly because of the amount of development going on down there. Bits of west Swindon are ok, but not Grange Park or Toothill, or so I've been told.
    • -taff
    • By -taff 13th Jan 18, 7:50 PM
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    Try Wootton Bassett, quite near swindon, just off the motorway and small village feel to it.
    • Callie22
    • By Callie22 13th Jan 18, 8:16 PM
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    Try Wootton Bassett, quite near swindon, just off the motorway and small village feel to it.
    Originally posted by -taff
    That's Royal Wootton Bassett, thank you very much!
    • -taff
    • By -taff 13th Jan 18, 9:50 PM
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    To you maybe, not to me.....:P
    • dandy-candy
    • By dandy-candy 14th Jan 18, 1:13 AM
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    My son is at uni in Colchester, there are nice shops and tons of restaurants; however there seems to be a recurring problem with beggars coming up and hassling you in the evening. DH and I walk the short distance of from the fenwicks to the Taco Bell and got accosted 5 times by different beggars coming up asking for money. I found it really intimidating.
    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 16th Jan 18, 2:34 AM
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    And the reason we’re moving out of Devon, is for prospects for the kids. There’s nothing down here for the kids job wise, so we’re moving now before DD1 goes to secondary school.
    Originally posted by neneromanova
    Won't they move out/go off to university in a few years anyway?
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    • caprikid1
    • By caprikid1 16th Jan 18, 9:35 AM
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    Personally having lived the other side of London but being SW based I would go Swindon. I think in terms of access it is in such a better place.


    Easy / Easier Access to


    South coast
    Devon
    Cornwall
    New Forrest
    Wales (forrest of Dean).
    Good rail links
    M4 / M5
    London is about an hour.


    If you are now in Devon it's easier to return.
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