Hitchin voted as ninth best town in UK

12:27 20 March 2013

St Mary

St Mary's, Hitchin

Archant

HITCHIN has been voted as one of the best towns to live in the country, it was revealed today (Wednesday).

According to The Times’ Best Places To Live, the town is in the top 30 in the UK.

Listed ninth in the guide, which also includes towns in Cornwall, the Cotswolds and Kent, the town is described as being popular with commuters.

The guide adds: “It tends to be overshadowed by St Albans but Hitchin has a lot going for it.

“It may not be as boutiquey but it does have a pretty town centre with an affluent feel.

“There are excellent single-sex schools, state and private, and property is a fifth cheaper than St Albans. Plenty of pubs and restaurants and the Chiltern Hills are close by.”

Town centre manager Keith Hoskins praised the town, and said he had been spreading the word about the article.

“We’ve had emails and phone calls and texts, the place has been abuzz this morning,” he told the Comet.

“I think it’s the sort of thing we should photocopy and stick up in estate agents.

“I’m delighted, it’s a feather in the town’s cap.”

7 comments

  • already clogged with traffic try driving down Cambridge road most of the day it stretches as far as walsworth road a lot of the time. The A505 and A602 at peak times ! Hitchin town centre doesn't offer a great deal for the average consumer it has far more womens boutiques and charity shops than anything how many womans clothes shops does small town need ? Its ok if you have lots of money you could spend a fortune.

    Report this comment

    Juicybuttons

    Thursday, March 21, 2013

  • Wait until Luton Airport expands and jams the A505 solid, making most of Hitchin a rat running 'carmageddon'... that'll be two feathers in your cap.

    Report this comment

    Bob

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

  • Ha ha ha ha...Bob, you do make me laugh. I hardly think that the Luton Airport Expansion will jam the A505 solid. You are truely deluded if you believe that.

    Report this comment

    Bertie

    Friday, March 22, 2013

  • Now even better that Simons has been sent packing!

    Report this comment

    patrick newman

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

  • Bertie , traffic is jammed solid already from 7.30-9.30 Adding more airport traffic wont help, will Luton council pay to improve our roads? Think not.

    Report this comment

    MR T

    Friday, March 22, 2013

  • Exactly Mr T.......On the other hand Bertie your ignorance makes me weep...(not for you) but the state of our education system. There's too many like you out there..you represent the vanguard for the invasion of the mindless zombies.

    Report this comment

    Bob

    Friday, March 22, 2013

  • 9th best town why ? Fine if you own your own home or are already on the property ladder and you are in a very well paid job if not well you've no chance of buying a property and with all the NIMBY's of Hitchin opposing every development or change ! If its such a great town why isn't there a department store, a cinema, a diy superstore, a large supermarket. Numerous independent shops, over priced housing and a market does not make a great town ?

    Report this comment

    Juicybuttons

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Yesterday, 18:22
Business tutor Tom Golds pictured with hairdressing student Elvis Figueira, who did the honours as part of his VRQ Certificate in Barbering, and hairdressing lecturer Beverley Williams.

A college tutor has admitted having different parts of his body waxed and shaved – including his eyebrows – wasn’t quite what he bargained for when challenging his students to help those in need.

Yesterday, 15:01
What the site used to look like before the revamp.

The Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living has been celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and marking the pioneering vision and hard work that has turned it into one of the leading – and possibly the largest – centres for complementary health in the country.

Yesterday, 12:01
Amy Huggins

A new business venture is sure to get the juices flowing – Hitchin-based Health and Happiness nutrition bills itself as the first raw juice business in Hertfordshire

Yesterday, 09:01
Richard Howitt MEP visits the staff and volunteers at the RSPCA store in Hitchin

Hitchin is facing a ‘cat crisis’ which threatens to overwhelm the financial resources of the town’s RSPCA.

”North

Most read stories

E-edition