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Shrewsbury Footfall In Top League

Shrewsbury is a great place to be – according to increasing evidence. The latest positive statistics are on footfall, which bucks the National trend to show Shrewsbury’s Pride Hill footfall increased by nearly ten per cent last month, according to the National High Street Report.

Head of property sales at Balfours, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., welcomed Shrewsbury’s success against the backdrop of figures which nationally show a decline for the tenth year. “This is good news for all those who live locally – it is an endorsement to The Times annual survey on the best place to live where, once again in 2018 Shrewsbury was ranked in the top league.”

Converting footfall to turnover is another positive story, with one independent Shrewsbury retailer reporting an overall increase of 7.5% during November and December compared to previous years and an increase of seven per cent for 2018, compared to 2017.

Chairman of the High Street Report panel, Sir John Timpson, was keen to stress that it’s not all about shopping and town centre emphasis is more to do with providing entertainment hubs, housing and health facilities.

Alistair adds: “Having lived in a few places in the world, then marrying a Shrewsbury girl and settling here with our daughters, I can honestly say the town encapsulates the best of life – and that includes wonderful restaurants, bistros, the Quarry Park and fabulous surrounding countryside.”

The Times reports: “Shrewsbury never gets the credit it deserves. Strolling through the warren of alleys in the atmospheric centre, nestled prettily in a loop of the Severn, is like stepping back in time.

There are 660 listed buildings — all manner of churches, Georgian townhouses, black-and-white Tudor landmarks — which makes this a paradise for anyone with even a passing interest in architecture. Yet it’s more than just a museum; there are two top state secondaries — the Priory (11-16) is 13th in our Parent Power league table, and Shrewsbury Colleges Group is the choice for sixth form — and the independent Shrewsbury School.”

Alistair concludes: “Most of us already know that Shrewsbury is a gem, but it is good to see official endorsement, not least because without doubt it is positive validation for the housing market.”

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