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What are the villages of Henlow, Clifton, Stotfold, Arlesey and Lower Stondon like to live in?

What is crime like? Which one would you recommend to move to? I currently live in Luton and I want to move out of there because of the way Luton has changed for the worse in the last decade. I want less crime, better schools, a nicer environment for my son to grow up in. I don't knwo the area very well but we are looking for houses in this area. I also like Hitchin but it is too expensive and Letchworth I am not too sure about the schools. Any advice would be much appreciated.

Asked on Jan 7 2011, General in Henlow | Report content

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  • We just moved to Clifton Nov 2010. We have found the locals to be friendly and chatty. The Indian restaurant is great and the Golden Lion pub is friendly if quiet. Not sure about the other pub as we haven't been in there yet. According to the Clifton Chronicles (the monthly parish newsletter) speeding is an ongoing issue and there has been a rise in crime over the last 3 months but anti-social behaviour has decreased. Residential burglaries have occurred in the area and from what I can see on the Bedfordshire Police website there have been a total of 403 reported crimes in the Shefford and Clifton area in the last year compared to 2159 in East Luton alone. Certainly my wife and I have felt safer walking about after dark since moving here (we lived in Borehamwood previously). The schools are all Grade 2 or above according to the OFSTED reports and most have small classes which obviously means the teacher is able to give more attention to all the kids. For example, my daughter's class has 9 boys and 2 girls including her and they have a teacher and a full-time teaching assistant. About the only negative thing I would say about this area is that bus timetables are a little restrictive and it's next to impossible to get a cab at short notice.

    Answered on Feb 11 2011, Report content

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