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Best Areas In West Midlands

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There is not a lot of sangat where I live, my family and I were thinking of relocating to the West Midlands. In what areas can you get the best quality of life? i.e. Low crime areas, good houses, good schools etc

We want to live in a place from which we could travel to all the various programs that happen, but at the same time like above need the area to be good.

Would appreciate any help! thanks

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i live near wolverhampton, most parts are nice i.e. goldthorn park, sedgmoor park, finichfield, then mroe expensive end is tettenhall, u can travel to most programs by car which tend to be towards smethwick way. schools on wton are ok, but if u want to go to the best ones u may need to use bus . hope this helps. for crime check out www.police.uk

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There is crime in all areas all over the UK, however in terms of the midlands i would say handsworth has a lot of crime around
some parts of that area, people getting robbed. Smethwick, west Bromwich are good places to live with good transport links and a
a lot of sikhs live here. Wolverhampton some parts may be good but its a city id keep out the cities like wolves/bham and keep within
a nice small area.
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thanks guys, what are sutton coldfield and solihull like? what sort of people live there and how easy is it to get from them to the the sikhi programs in places soho road, smethwick, coventry, west bromwich, etc?

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sutton coldfield is a bit too far from smagam centres lol
solihull no no no loads of pakistanis

smethwick or west brom or handsworth...

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It really depends on two things,

House prices? Children - schools, and what type of house your looking for

How far are you willing to travel to get to main sikh areas?


And also do you want to live in a nice quiet area and travel 20mins or 30 mins to a event on average or live in main sikh area and have too much chaos
If you answer them it will help.

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Areas of sutton coldfield, great barr are good, parts of walsall are good and same goes for wolves. Smethwick is over populated and the schools are not the best.

Each area has its benefits, and within an area there are good parts and bad. Smethwick e.g has a big sikh population however its crime ratea and housing may not be the best, likewise parts of handsworth have very nice housing and schools but again parts have a very high crime rate. It depends on what you are willing to sacrifice. Its best if you come and see the areas yourself depending on your budget

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[quote name='khalistan_zindabaad' timestamp='1329827102' post='526613']
It really depends on two things,

House prices? Children - schools, and what type of house your looking for

How far are you willing to travel to get to main sikh areas?


And also do you want to live in a nice quiet area and travel 20mins or 30 mins to a event on average or live in main sikh area and have too much chaos
If you answer them it will help.
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Yeah, we are mostly looking for something quiet outside of the main areas that is travelable. I suppose in terms of driving to sikh events 30-40 mins is ok, but the thing is unlike london where we currently are, there is no tube (london underground) in the midlands, so places which take 30 mins in the car take over 2 hours with public transport! Which is a bit annoying as you may not want to always drive.

Ideally, it would be great to get a house near a sikh school such as nishkam school OR near very good non-sikh schools, or good private schools (thinking about for when I get married and have children, guru sahib willing).

We're looking for a nice big house, good quality, after living in london it would be nice to have a bit more space, but not comprimising a good, quiet area. Budget is around 350 to 400 k.

Thanks, I really appreciate your help :)

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You need to think about this move more carefully Gupt. Its all very well being able to live in a much bigger house at a much cheaper price but....the future is not you....The future is your children. Think about them. You bring your children up in the midlands and they'll grow up with an English language accent that will never, in a million years, gain them positions of respect and authority outside of the west midlands. You'll be condemming them to a life of ridicule. And, as is often seem from english language discussions on the Sikh Channel, they will probably grow up speaking a standard and command of English and its pronounciation that is 2 levels lower than that of an educated immigrant to this country. Stay in London fella. Think of the children.

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^^ What west london singh said. Midlands accent is the worst

Also, most non sikhs would tell you that the areas mentioned in this discussion are some of the worst and least desirable places in the country to live. Poor schools, generally dirty, noisy, and ugly urbanised areas. High crime levels, poor employment prospects and low demand for housing.

Being near sangat is good, but majority of our jeevan is built alone, sitting in sadh sangat is beneficial but most confuse socialising with others as being in sadh sangat.

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Completely off topic but I'm from the Midlands and I command respect within the workplace in London, Liverpool and the Midlands.

It's not my accent but what I have to say, the way I chose to express myself and most of all my achievements that ensure that I am respected.

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I think you are getting negative replies about some places of west midlands.
Its all how you choose to live in your home that counts. And with a bit of research from other areas like estate agents, websites such as upmystreet and myneighbourhood you Will get more of an idea of what area you want to live in.
London is more expensive than midlands so your budget Will buy a nice spacious house in most reasonable areas of midlands towns.
Wolverhampton is not a bad area neither is Birmingham. You just need to choose what amenities you need and schooling, which also can be researched on the net.
I used to live in a very posh city with lovely scenery quiet and could not hear a pin drop. Then we moved to a busy area with lots of punjabis and even thou wish it was quieter and cleaner, its the culture that i like here, which i never experienced for years with no apne, or stores gurdware nearby.
20mins from a gurdwara is ok too.
Every town has bad areas, ask locals too, rather than just on this forum as you Will get confusing views.
Wolves is great as you got areas within 30mins travel by car, such as wednesfield, willenhall, west brom, Birmingham areas. With all the gurdware nearby any of these areas.
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Leamington Spa. It's got great housing, good schools, easy access to Coventry (a stones throw away) and Birmingham is 20 mins on the Motorway. The majority of the ethnic population is also Sikh, and they have integrated well with the White English in that area. Warwickshire University and colleges are also close by for your 'future' childrens education. Most people in the Midlands find it hard to move there because of its higher house prices, but you should be able to do well within your budget moving from London. Crime rate here is very low comparedto all the above mentioned areas.

All the best with your move, take your time - keep considering all aspects as you are and get it right first time. No need to rush.

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Generally, you will find with people in Wolverhampton that their knuckles scrape the ground when they are walking around.

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Nun ! Le face it w mid iz a bit of a dump + u cn neva undastan wo ppl r sayin der. Fall out 4m industry days. . . Hav u tho7t bout leavi uk altogedr cos it pretty much same all places ;-)

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Ignore people talking about accents. I'm 30 and was born and raised in Brum. Don't have an accent and people are surprised when I tell them where I'm from. Some of the older generation do have strong accents but in this day and age, it's wearing out.

All areas have rough patches and good ones. West Midlands has a higher percentage of Asians, including Sikhs.

There are loads of grammar schools to send your kids to.

I accept that most sangat will be found in Asian-dense populations and these areas are known for higher crime rates so you need to balance things. If you go for quieter areas, they tend to have more Caucasians and this may pose problems with fitting in, racism etc.

Do your research and don't rely on the heavy biased views above.

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Just a quick question...I'm soon going to be doing a study abroad program to England from the US.

Where is the best place to stay? Southall?

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[quote name='innergear' timestamp='1329903486' post='526711']
Nun ! Le face it w mid iz a bit of a dump + u cn neva undastan wo ppl r sayin der. Fall out 4m industry days. . . Hav u tho7t bout leavi uk altogedr cos it pretty much same all places ;-)
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What on earth does that say?

Is this even a language?

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For the price sutton coldfield, four oaks little aston are nice areas. Parts of handsworth wood and walsall are good also

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Yeah agree with above... Sutton colfield.. little aston... parts of hagely and stourbridge are nice. Also plenty of villages around birmingham are nice e.g. barnt green etc.. down the M5 you got worcester plenty of nice villages around it too

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[quote name='West London Singh' timestamp='1329835124' post='526631']
You need to think about this move more carefully Gupt. Its all very well being able to live in a much bigger house at a much cheaper price but....the future is not you....The future is your children. Think about them. You bring your children up in the midlands and they'll grow up with an English language accent that will never, in a million years, gain them positions of respect and authority outside of the west midlands. You'll be condemming them to a life of ridicule. And, as is often seem from english language discussions on the Sikh Channel, they will probably grow up speaking a standard and command of English and its pronounciation that is 2 levels lower than that of an educated immigrant to this country. Stay in London fella. Think of the children.
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Just some slight stereotyping of people from the West Midlands..so which position of respect and authoriy have you acheived with your accent?

Are you a lollypop man on the Southall Broadway?

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[quote name='hsisingh' timestamp='1330345280' post='527162']


Just some slight stereotyping of people from the West Midlands..so which position of respect and authoriy have you acheived with your accent?

Are you a lollypop man on the Southall Broadway?
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Are you from Canada or West Midlands??

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compared to London the Midlands is great, dont give the West Midlands a bad name. Crime is in every location and more to the point its worse in London.

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[quote name='Kluivert' timestamp='1330346555' post='527166']

Are you from Canada or West Midlands??
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born and live in UK, not from Canada.

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Leamington Spa / Warwick

Without a DOUBT :biggrin2:

Ease of access to any other area in England. Brand new Gurdwara Sahib. Lots of prospect for the Youth here. Academically, you will find very good schools, colleges and Universities in the vicinity.

Environment is very friendly.

Economically, there is new development all around this area, in terms of newer houses, and infrastructure on the rise.

Everything is conveniently close, but you have the added factor that there is plenty of PRIVACY here (which is important).

Cost of living is much cheaper compared to down south.

Crime rate is very low.

(never thought of this factor until other members here started to criticise the Midlands Accents. There is NO accent affiliated with this area. Its Neutral and that goes for everybody in this region, not just apnaay).

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ke Fateh

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