Why you should move to Poulton le Fylde
PUBLISHED: 13:02 28 December 2009 | UPDATED: 21:44 24 December 2014
IT is through gritted teeth I encourage anyone to move to Poulton, writes Emma Mayoh. Not because I don't think it is a nice place to move to but I would be jealous. Poulton, for me, ticks all the boxes.
IT is through gritted teeth I encourage anyone to move to Poulton, writes Emma Mayoh. Not because I don't think it is a nice place to move to but I would be jealous. Poulton, for me, ticks all the boxes. But as one of the many unfortunates struggling to get on the property ladder it has forever been out of my financial reach and getting ever more so.
It may be a little more difficult to get to being at least a 20 minute drive to the nearest motorway and traffic can get a little chaotic at times. Train services can also be a little more difficult. But I don't care. For me, it is more than worth it. You can feasibly be in Preston within 45 minutes and Blackpool even less. It also has good access to the rest of the Wyre and Fylde as well as being within a reasonable distance of Lancaster.
In the past Poulton may have been overlooked for its glitzy neighbour, Blackpool, or charming seaside resort, Lytham. But this has changed in recent years. It has been reflected in house prices which stayed below the national average until 2005. However, since then, and particularly in the past year, the rate has gone above the national picture with more people looking to settle in Poulton. Average prices are currently sitting around the £210,000 mark.
And who can blame them? The town is well looked after. It has something for everyone and most pockets whether you yearn for chain stores or independent shops, restaurants for that special occasion or a down-to-earth café for a good brew and a chat then you can find it all. There is also a varied choice of traditional pubs and trendy wine bars to choose from and on a sunny day you can take a walk down its historic streets or through the park.
The town also has a Continental Market held a couple of times a year. The next one is pencilled in for September. The flowers at St Chad's Parish Church in the spring really come into their own providing a good focal point for the town and clues to the town's history lay around every corner. Take a look at the market cross, stocks, whipping post, fish slab and lamp which are believed to be part of one of the finest collections of historic artefacts in Britain. There are also plans to enhance the town by the Poulton Market Town Partnership to make it an even more desirable place and to pull in more visitors.
Property-wise, there is also something for almost everyone, but not much for the first time buyer market. There are smaller flats though for young couples or singles with a good budget. There are also character properties, terraced homes and the larger family homes some of them approaching the £1 million mark. Prices of flats have been more erratic.
New developments are springing up including at Hardhorn Road, Linderbreck Lane and Garden Close as well as there being a large selection of retirement apartments. Give Poulton a chance. I would if I could.
Ups: Pleasant place, plenty to do, something for everyone
Downs: Traffic and parking and is also a little out of the way for commuting,
Schools: Poulton-le-Fylde C of E Primary School, 01253 883639, The Breck Primary School, 01253 885319, St John's Catholic Primary School, 01253 883690, Carr Head Primary School, 01253 883558, Hodgson High School, 01253 882815, Baines School, 01253 883019
Transport: Poulton Train Station is within easy reach of the centre. There are services that run to Preston and Blackpool and also to Colne, Burnley and Blackburn in East Lancashire. There are a number of bus services into Poulton from Blackpool and north if it, Morecambe, Preston and other areas on the Wyre. Blackpool International Airport is less than ten miles away.
Commuting: Not the ideal place to be honest but the M55 is only a short drive away which provides access to Blackpool or to Preston and the M6 motorway.
Shops: Shopping heaven. For chain stores try the Teanlowe Shopping Centre or investigate some of Poulton's historic streets for a chance to bag a one off or something a little different.
Restaurants/bars: Lots to choose from. Choose from a drink in one of Poulton's contemporary bars like The Cube on Breck Road before a bit to eat at one of the many restaurants offering cuisine from around the world.
Weekend fun: There is the obvious trip to Blackpool to go on the Pleasure Beach and enjoy a bag of chips walking along the front. There is also the illuminations. Why not give Blackpool Zoo a try of Farmer Parrs Animal World at Fleetwood for some family fun. In Poulton you have lots of beautiful countryside on your doorstep so grab your walking shoes and get out and about this summer. There are also plenty of local clubs to join.