'Perfect' Topsham in national paper's guide
PUBLISHED: 16:30 09 April 2016
Topsham thoroughly deserves its place in the Sunday Times 2016 best places to live guide, city councillor Rob Newby has said.
The Sunday Times described Topsham as a ‘perfectly preserved suburb: the best in the South West’.
The town’s community spirit, location and restaurants also received praise in the guide.
The guide says: “Near the M5, and a short drive or train hop from Exmouth promenade and beach, Topsham has classy businesses that appeal, among them Pebblebed Vineyard, the Salutation Inn and the Pig and Pallet.
“The big society is out in force: residents manage an outdoor swimming pool, a sailing club, a library and a museum, and raised £300,000 to prevent waterfront land from being bought by developers.”
However, the demographic in Topsham was criticised by the paper, which said: “Despite the popular local primary school, the demographic is still much more hip replacement than hipster.”
Cllr Newby said: “Topsham is a lovely place to live and I’m pleased that a national newspaper has recognised the town.
“The area has a lot of history, it is a town in its own right and the people are very friendly. We are by the river, we have the bus and train and most other things. We could do with more parking in Topsham, but that is a separate issues.
“It is not the case of people buying property here and then not caring about the town. If you move somewhere, you have to invest and put the time in to give something back - whether that is volunteering or chipping in to protect Topsham’s community facilities.
“We do have a lot of elderly residents, but there are also young families. Many of the youngsters are out working and come back in the evening to their abodes. You, therefore, are more likely to see people who are retired with more time on their hands out in the town.”
Chagford, North Bovey and Tavistock also represented Devon in the guide.
Falmouth was rated the best place to live in the South West, while Winchester was named Britain’s best place to live.
The guide also says Exeter is no match for other major areas, such as Bath, Bristol or Cheltenham.
Exeter was criticised for its ‘soulless, chain-store dominated high street’.