What do we like about living in Warwickshire?

PUBLISHED: 16:07 08 April 2014 | UPDATED: 16:14 08 April 2014

Warwick Bridge

Warwick Bridge

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In Autumn 2013, the Warwickshire Health & Wellbeing Board sent out 25,000 surveys on ‘Living in Warwickshire’. Sarah Windrum summarises the results after the nearly 8,000 responses from residents of the county, and shares her own experience of living here

Warwick CastleWarwick Castle

The ‘Living in Warwickshire’ survey sent out last year focused on what we like and don’t like about living in our area, as well as what we would like to see improved. The full report is due out soon but Warwickshire Observatory published some of the headline results on their website recently and they made for interesting reading.

89% of people were very or fairly satisfied with their local area. I have lived in Warwickshire for eleven years now and originally came from Portsmouth on the South Coast. I love the sense of community people across Warwickshire have built up and take great pride in which is something not always present across other parts of the UK. The reasons I settled here were what people liked most about Warwickshire: its easily accessible central location and its attractive surrounding countryside. I like the town life which is why I live in Leamington, but a very short drive will get me to beautiful countryside and so I really do feel I have the best of both worlds!

Leamington CanalLeamington Canal

People were annoyed about traffic congestion and poor public transport provision, as well as the fact that we are a long way from the seaside! Coming from the coast I do definitely get that landlocked feeling. That said, there are plenty of rivers, canals, and lakes to enjoy across the county.

The survey also asked about our health and wellbeing and it was interesting to read that nearly half of us were fairly or very worried about day-to-day budgeting and just over half were fairly or very worried about longer-term financial planning. This is something that I actually wrote about in January after a meeting with the Citizen’s Advice Bureau and you can read my money makeover tips here: www.warwickshirelife.co.uk/home/does_your_money_need_a_makeover_1_3226481

All Saints ChurchAll Saints Church

Our other concerns are health focused. 40% of us were concerned we were a little overweight and 6% concerned that we were very overweight. I have struggled with my weight for the last 4 years or so before deciding to do something about it last year. I lost 2.5 stone in 9 months and I have so far been successful at keeping it off. A lot of it was about re-education for me and particularly thinking that I didn’t have to be the bin for the food my daughter didn’t eat! Exercise is great too, and that leads me onto the next concern; 18% of us said we rarely or never find time to relax.

One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to get more active, so I signed up to the Regency 10k in Leamington which took place on April 6 as part of the British Blind Sport team. It may sound bizarre, but running is my time to think, my time to listen to music and the time when I get to leave the tantrums and the upside-down house behind for just 30 minutes twice a week. It’s bliss!

Relax!Relax!

You can have a look at what else we love and hate about living in Warwickshire at the Warwickshire Observatory website: www.askwarks.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/living-in-warwickshire-survey-headline-results

Most importantly, we need to make sure we find that time to relax!

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