Shipston is one happy market town, says report

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Shipston-on-Stour has been named as one of the happiest places to live in the country.

In an article in the Times last Friday, the town was ranked tenth out of 15 market towns in Britain, which included Uppingham in Rutland, Saffron Walden, Essex and Shrewsbury in Shropshire. Bridport in Dorset was named as the top town.

And with a population of 5,000 people, a host of independent businesses and many town festivals organised throughout the year, it’s not hard to see why Shipston-on-Stour was recognised in the list.

Philip Vial, town mayor, was thrilled to see the town mentioned.

He said: “It think it is absolutely great that Shipston has been mentioned in the list. The article failed to mention the amount of independent traders and businesses we have in the town, but house prices here are reasonable and there are very few empty shops here.

“We have well over 100 different clubs and societies, from University of the Third Age to Young Firefighters. There is just so many things for people to do in the town, we are on the borders of the Cotswolds which is a beautiful part of the country. It is a superb place to live.”

Mr Vial also expressed his delight after the town council voted in favour of a new proposal to build a new medical centre on the new supermarket site on Campden Road.

The application by developers ASL was discussed at a meeting on Monday, who said they would offer the land in return for the council’s support for the development. It was due to go before Stratford-on-Avon District Council’s planning committee yesterday (Wednesday).

Mr Vial added: “The town council opposed this development initially so when ASL wanted to know who we wanted most for the town, we asked for the medical centre. They then went away and came back with this proposal. It is a really good offer for the town.”