THE mayor of one of Wales’ ‘best places to live’ has heralded his town as one of the country’s crown jewels.
Cllr Phyl Davies, Mayor of Llanidloes, was speaking after The Sunday Times declared the town to be one of 10 Welsh locations identified as being among the Best Places to Live in Britain.
The accolade came in part one of The Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide, published on March 13.
Locations were selected for offering the best quality of life to the widest number of people, and combining desirable features such as a positive community spirit, good local shops and services and attractive outdoor spaces.
Cllr Davies told the County Times: “Llanidloes is in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
“We have a very good school here and The Clywedog Dam is right on our doorstep.
“The town is right in the heart of Wales and is one of the jewels in the crown of the country.
“Last year the Daily Mail listed Llanidloes as one of the top three places to live in Wales so it is nice to get this sort of recognition from national newspapers.
“Llanidloes really is a very good place to live.”
With a current population of about 3,000 people, Llanidloes takes its name from the early seventh century Celtic Saint Idloes.
Definition of ‘the best places to live’ combine data and statistics such as crime rates, house prices and school performance with local knowledge.
The Sunday Times ‘Home’ editor, Helen Davies, said: “Britain is full of great places to live, and our annual supplement celebrates the richness on offer from bustling market towns and buzzing city centres to sociable suburbs and sleepy hamlets.
“We go beyond dry statistics, drawing on personal experience and the expertise of our writers, to create the definitive list of the best places to live in the UK.”
Penarth topped The Sunday Times’ list of ‘best places to live’ in Wales while some of the other towns joining Llanidloes in the top ten included Crickhowell, Aberystwyth, Llangollen and Monmouth.