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The local area guide to living in May Bank

May Bank is a suburban ward of Newcastle-under-Lyme, though it in fact sits just on the border with neighbouring town Stoke-on-Trent. The wide array of shops and amenities accessible to May Bank from these two large towns grants it excellent resources and services, and, in fact, the IMD ranks central May Bank as having services that are more accessible than 99% of the rest of England. This beautiful suburb of historic Newcastle-under-Lyme is an excellent place to call home for families and working adults, and overall central May Bank has been ranked as better than 77% of England. Sports enthusiasts, cyclists and walkers will enjoy the excellent, plentiful facilities and beautiful routes and scenery.

Information about the local residents

The population of Newcastle-under-Lyme is 75,082, of which May Bank accounts for 6,236. The 30-59 age range accounts for 42% of residents, and the mean age is 42, whereas children make up 14% of the total. Residents live among 2,829 households in the ward of May Bank.

Of the adult population, full-time workers account for 45%, part-timers about 15%, and 18% are retired. The largest occupation group are Professionals, making up 18.6% of the employed population, with Associate Professional and Technical, and Administrative and Secretarial being the second largest groups at 13.5% and 12.7% respectively. While incoming work commuters to the May Bank area travel between 5 to 20 kilometres, the vast majority of May Bank residents have a work journey under 5 kilometres. Most travel to work by car.

Nearby schools

May Bank has a huge selection of schools between its two large towns, but within just a one-mile radius are 9 primary schools, 5 secondary schools and 2 sixth form colleges. Immediately local, the May Bank Infants School covers ages 5-7. St Wulstan’s Catholic Primary, Merryfields School and St Margaret’s C of E Junior School are the closest primary schools, and the closest secondary is Wolstanton High School. Wolstanton is reached within half a mile and serves 820 pupils.

In less than a mile, Newcastle-under-Lyme School is a comprehensive school for ages 2 through 19. Of its 865 pupils, 139 are in the 16-18 age range, and of these 100% attain three or more A-levels, making an average score of a B. Those achieving, at least, AAB grades, however, are an impressive 47%.

Getting around

May Bank is served by excellent transport links. The A527 runs directly through it, serving as a local high street, and the A500 lies directly east, serving as a border with Stoke-on-Trent. Central Stoke-on-Trent is just over two miles away, offering Longport railway station just 1.5 miles north of May Bank, and Stoke-on-Trent station only two miles southeast. May Bank is ideally situated between the two neighbouring towns and is only 10 minutes via bus to the centre of each. You might even fancy a stroll, jog or cycle instead, as central Newcastle-under-Lyme is only 1.5 miles away. For more expedient journeys, the town centres are just 3 minutes by car, and taxi services operate in the area.

From Stoke-on-Trent, the Virgin Trains services takes 1 hour 34 minutes to arrive at London Euston station. Alternatively, London is 2 hours 43 minutes by car and 5 hours by bus. Both Liverpool and Manchester Airports are in easy distance, with Liverpool reached in 55 minutes via car and 2 hours 9 minutes via train, and Manchester Airport in 38 minutes via car and 1 hour 39 minutes via train.

Local shops

As mentioned, May Bank is spoilt for choice when it comes to shops and restaurants. All essentials are at hand in the immediate local area, including a post office, a number of large supermarkets, cafes, pubs, restaurants and an array of specialist shops.

Due to the area’s sports enthusiasm and facilities, there are also quite a few specialist sports shops around. Bowling, golf, cricket, football and track all benefit from dedicated clubs and associations. Newcastle-under-Lyme is also famed for its numerous beautiful parks and gardens throughout the town.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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