Salisbury tops list of best places to live in the UK

Salisbury Cathedral - October 2017 (Mike Draper) (1)

Published by Spire FM News at 7:59am 14th April 2019.

Salisbury has been named the best place to live in the UK, just a year after a novichok poisoning attack hit the city.

In its annual rundown of the best places to live, the Sunday Times said that the city had a "real collective spirit" in the wake of the poisonings, which thrust it in to the global limelight last year.

Former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with the nerve agent in March last year, and both survived the attack.

The Russian intelligence agency GRU has been blamed for the attack, an accusation it denied.

Salisbury Spy Poisonings
Military team during the clean-up following the poisoning of Sergei Skripal in Salisbury's Maltings

However, the incident later claimed the life of a woman, Dawn Sturgess, who had come into contact with a discarded perfume bottle thought to have been used in the attack.

Commenting on the poll, home editor for the Sunday Times Helen Davies said:

"Salisbury has shown real collective spirit in dealing with a chemical attack that saw the cathedral city become the centre of world headlines for all the wrong reasons.

There are still parts of the city where the clean-up continues, but to bounce back and be even stronger is a sure sign of a very special community, which is one of the reasons we have chosen Salisbury as the best place to live in Britain in 2019."

Salisbury was also praised because "it remains a divinely attractive and welcoming place."

The judges also though it was handy for coast, countryside and London, has some of the best schools in the southwest, a great market and it's very strong culturally, too.

Elsewhere in the list, the Isle of Dogs in the London borough of Tower Hamlets is named as the best place to live in the capital, with Dundee the best spot to live in Scotland.

Crickhowell in Powys was top destination in Wales, while Holywood in County Down came out in front in Northern Ireland.

The judging panel used its own knowledge, alongside data such as house prices, to compile the list.

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