Moving to Falkirk?

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  • Camelon (in my opinion) is a very run down "old" town but it is close to the town centre. There is a train station in Camelon but I have no idea of what trains run to/from there.

    Carron is close to Larbert on the outskirts of Falkirk and there are lots of new properties in Carron Village.
  • sarah0404
    sarah0404 Posts: 153 Forumite
    I live in Camelon. Trust me, you don't want to live there! There are new flats being built by the canal, but I wouldn't class them as being part of Camelon. They do look quite nice. They're about 10 minutes walk from the town (Falkirk), maybe 20 minutes walk to Falkirk Grahamston station and about 15 minutes walk from Camelon station. Plus you can get a bus into town every few minutes from just outside the flats. And also buses into Stirling, Edinburgh or Glasgow.

    Linlithgow is a very nice place to live. But very expensive. They've just built a Homebase and a very small retail park there, which IMO has wrecked it. Linlithgow just isn't a Homebase type of town. Polmont is a nice place too. It is probably a bit more expensive than other places in Falkirk. Bo'ness has some nice areas to live. But it too is becoming more expensive. It doesn't have a train station, but it's not far from the motorway.
  • silverelephant
    silverelephant Posts: 119 Forumite
    Like anywhere else in the country all the areas you mention have their good bits and bad bits :D The Falkirk area as a whole would be classed as an up and coming area on one of these property shows on telly ;)

    Both Camelon and Hallglen have a high proportion of local authority housing but more and more are being bought up. If you are coming in to the area for work then you could apply for a council house with Falkirk Council (https://www.falkirk.gov.uk) they operate on a points based system with points being awarded for various factors.

    Falkirk Council also have one of the cheapest council tax rates in Scotland (with the exception of the highlands and islands of course) so staying within the boundaries will benefit you on this front too. (In comparison Stirling and West Lothian are HIGH!)

    There are LOADS of new builds in all the surrounding areas and a lot of these get bought up and rented out so worth looking at some local estate agents for ideas of prices.

    I would definitely recommend visiting and having a good drive round the areas mentioned before making any decisions :D
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  • claire23
    claire23 Posts: 226 Forumite
    Hi

    Just a quick point. If you are looking to go on the council house waiting list you may wish to avoid Langlees, Bainsford or Middlefield area of Falkirk. I live in the area called locally "the bog" Its quite nice but not much available in the way of council houses/private rent.

    My sister has just rented a (private let) flat on the outskirts of Polmont and says that it is quite nice.

    Agree that Polmont or the centre/north falkirk might be good for you for trains etc. The trains that run through camelon are from Grahamston station I beleive (altho someone may correct me on that).

    Good luck in whatever you decide!

    Claire

    (agree that Hallglen should be avoided also:p )
  • Sounds like Larbert is the place for u guys! Best train links in the area(Direct to Falkirk, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and on Sundays even Aberdeen) The First Bus 38 comes from Falkirk to Camelon and then Stirling via Larbert. you should look seriously into getting the train to Stirling as it takes 10 minutes. Bonnybridge is a up and coming area with rumours of reinstating the old train station which would make it perfect but thats a few years off. Avoid Langlees like the plague. Camelon is ok as long as u stay close to the Main street and it also has a train station and a direct bus link to Stirling(good take aways 2)! Also avoid Hallglen it is a concrete jungle full of druggies(as exhibited on BBC):mad::beer::D Carron is nice but a bit from the train station but i believe it has direct bus links ti Stirling. Anything off Salmannan Rd/Lionthorn is were u want 2 b but may be out of u're price range.
  • Linlithgow is Lovely :rolleyes:, would love to live there in the future.

    I myself live in Cumbernauld, not the most exciting of places but the bus & train links to Glasgow & Edinbrugh are fantastic. 10 minutes on train from croy to Glasgow & 40 minutes to Edinbrugh waverly.

    Bonnybridge seems nice, as does larbert. Personally i would not choose to live in Falkirk (No offence to you chookters out there !), its just as bad as cumbernauld !

    Maybe try places closer to Glasgow - Stepps, Bishopbriggs ?

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  • any more news on areas to move to in falkirk area, and areas to be avoided? Considering moving to Falkirk area, mainly because we have been priced out where we live just now - can't afford to buy a bigger place here!

    I spoke with a teacher who recently worked at Hallglen primary school and she said HMIe inspected the school and did not have to come back (2008). It was in a bad way years ago, but now turned around for the better. I'm sure it's not all drug ridden!! There are now a lot of bought houses in the area...
  • Realbairn
    Realbairn Posts: 205 Forumite
    any more news on areas to move to in falkirk area, and areas to be avoided? Considering moving to Falkirk area, mainly because we have been priced out where we live just now - can't afford to buy a bigger place here!

    I spoke with a teacher who recently worked at Hallglen primary school and she said HMIe inspected the school and did not have to come back (2008). It was in a bad way years ago, but now turned around for the better. I'm sure it's not all drug ridden!! There are now a lot of bought houses in the area...


    Depends on what you are looking for in the area you are going moving to, e.g. train station, supermarkets, good schools etc. I live in Redding which is in the lower braes area, Nice area, lots of brand new builds, brand new tescos within walking distance, train station about 10 minutes walk via the canal, good local schools, bus links to Falkirk itself, but not a lot in the way of sporting facilities. So let us know what you are looking for and we may be able to guide you the right direction.
  • Looking for a family home, 4 bed, budget 100k, close to schools. can drive so no issues over travelling to the nearest supermarket by car. not too fussy if a train station is nearby or not.

    Have heard Falkirk has the lowest rates of council tax in Scotland? Could be wrong...
  • we are not interested in buying a new build. we have looked at several different developments and the bedrooms are tiny in the majority we've viewed. You don't get a lot of house for your money.
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