Hungerford - A great place to live and visit

on 08 August 2013.

It seems we really do love Hungerford – according to a recent independent survey of town centre users over 90% of us think that Hungerford looks great. Many of us also value the variety of our shops – in fact our appreciation Hungerford’s range of shops beat the national average by a considerable margin.

The Hungerford survey compared Hungerford with other smaller UK towns – and it scores very highly for its attractiveness, variety, convenience, cleanliness, leisure and culture and ease of access.

The Hungerford Town plan

The Hungerford Town Plan, now issued in its scheduled 2013 update, reveals how our representatives and councillors have, are will be taking action to ensure Hungerford continues to progress as its residents prefer.

This refreshed version of the Town Plan builds on its origins from 2005 and subsequent revision in 2010. It is produces by the Hungerford Town Plan group which includes members of the public as well as representatives from the Town Council, the Town and Manor of Hungerford, the Chamber of Commerce and the Hungerford Environmental Action Team (HEAT).

The refresh process included public meetings, consultation with local schools and service providers and a comprehensive household survey.

In both previous plans and in the 2013 edition, the majority views of the town’s residents have remained pretty constant about the popular questions. Should Hungerford strive to maintain its traditional charm? Should the marsh, common land and countryside continue to be protected? Should we control traffic and reduce congestion? Should we manage housing growth and keep it within the town boundary?

The consensus answers to all these survey questions are not just ‘yes’ but a yes with majorities from 80 to 99%. Actually 100% of responders want traffic flow and congestion to be a primary concern in all planning considerations.

And we are keen on welcoming our tourists too – we’d like to see proper car parking for them, a suitable coach drop-off point and even some upgrades to our increasingly busy station. We’d like to ensure we as are litter-free as possible, that we continue to reflect our special position in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and three-quarters of us want a tourist information centre and those brown road signs that indicate places of visitor interest.

Our preferences for living in Hungerford include keeping all health facilities close to the town centre, take measures to encourage more recycling, have permanent allotments, have more family-friendly places and get our shops to stock more locally produced foodstuffs.

If you haven’t seen a copy if the latest Hungerford Town Plan you can get it online here

Free books hidden around Hungerford
As part of Independent Bookshop Week – 24th June to 1st July – the ever-inventive Hungerford Bookshop are busy wrapping books in plain brown paper then hiding them around town to highlight the event

An audience with Stewart Hofgartner
Hungerford’s most colourful and arguably, most knowledgeable antique dealer will be sharing experiences from his extraordinary life and taking questions from the audience at the Hungerford Historical Society AGM on Wednesday 28th June at 7pm in the Corn Exchange.

Ben Waters, Saturday 15 July HADCAF
In a twenty five year career in which he has established himself as one of Europe’s supreme boogie piano players, Ben Waters creates a rollicking sound influenced by the rock and roll greats.

Wessex Male Choir, Saturday July 1st HADCAF
There are few things more stirring than a choir going at full pelt and Hungerford gets the chance to listen to one of the finest when the Wessex Male Choir comes to town on 1st July

HADCAF 2017
The reliably wonderful Hungerford and District Arts Festival has now published its 2017 programme which runs from Friday 30th June to Sunday 16th July, and what a line-up.

 Go Batty Walk - HADCAF
We’re all mad for a bat and on 4th July the people of Hungerford get the opportunity to have an expert-led stroll along the river on Eddington Marsh to see and hear various species with the aid of high-powered torches and bat detectors.

Francis Pugh and the Whisky Singers
A huge hit on the festival circuit, Francis Pugh and the Whisky Singers are a six-piece band from Oxford, playing a mixture of bluegrass, Americana and roots music.

Fabulous literary line-up
The month of June sees a trio of riveting author events come to town courtesy of the ever-reliable Hungerford Bookshop and Arts for Hungerford.

Tasting in Tuscany
Since the 11th Century the Borgo di Castelvecchio or ‘village of the old castle’ has been dominated by the structure that bears its name.

Why live in Hungerford?
Those of us who live here don't have to think twice, we love it and, you've had a job to persuade us to go elsewhere.

Is now a good time to sell my house?
It's the 64 million dollar question and one which solicits a variety of answers depending on the source, but there is broad consensus around a few key facts

Hungerford Townsite, review and preview
TOWNSITE has become the go-to destination for everything local.

Townsite Goes to Marlborough
After a year in the planning, Townsite Marlborough has just gone live! The success of the Hungerford Townsite prompted Marlborough residents and businesses to ask us when we could do the same for their gorgeous and quintessentially English market town.

Walks in around Hungerford
Walking in the beautiful areas of outstanding natural beauty in and around Hungerford is a very special experience. Throughout the summer, we will be publishing details of some of the best and favourite walks in the town and its surrounding villages and countryside