Plenty to be happy about

Date: Monday 2nd October 2017

A SURVEY from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published this week has rated Eden among the top 10 happiest places to live in Britain.

Life satisfaction and anxiety levels were among the markers measured by asking respondents a series of questions centred on well-being.

Eden’s high employment rates, low crime, great landscape and “reasonable standard of living” are some of the factors which are being flagged up locally as perhaps underlying the survey’s findings.

And with downward pressure on public spending, political uncertainty and issues over affordable housing and low wages regularly making the news in Eden, it is good to hear that residents retain a strong feeling of buoyancy and optimism.

Topping the happiness list was Craven, the district centred on Skipton, which is a town linked to Eden via the Settle-Carlisle rail line. The towns share a great deal in common, including size, proximity to a national park, and much else.

Residents of the London suburb of Hertsmere were revealed to be the least happy in Britain.

Some may be sceptical over whether a survey based on a small number of open-ended questions about people’s feelings on a particular day can get to the heart of what makes for a good quality of life.

But whatever one’s feelings on that score, it can only be good news that — in the words of district council leader Kevin Beaty — “There is plenty in Eden to be happy about.”