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Town shrugs off dismal TV label
Leafy Strabane - no longer among the "worst places to live"
Leafy Strabane - no longer among the "worst places to live"
Last year it was among the worst places to live in the UK in a poll, but this year Strabane has avoided the label of Northern Ireland's least des res.

Channel 4 property show Location, Location, Location has a poll each year to find the best and worst areas.

Last year the town was placed eighth, but this year it has managed to drop off the worst top 20.

Strabane District Council's Chairman Gerard Foley said the town was "clearly thriving".

"We have witnessed a wide range of developments from both the private and the public sector in the past year," he said.

"We proudly opened our new Alley Arts and Conference centre and work on the new state-of-the-art Holy Cross School is progressing well. "

Lifestyle balance

He said new shops had opened, along with a retail park at Railway Road.

He said the town "offers the perfect lifestyle balance and many people are very proud to call it their home" and "it should never have been reported as any different".

The area has seen a steep increase in house prices over the last year.

Last year the average cost of a house in the area was 140,747, but the latest figures show it is now 189,515.

A quarter of this year's worst places to live are made up of London local authorities, while there are no towns from either Scotland or Northern Ireland.

This year's unwanted top spot goes to Middlesborough in the north east of England.

The rundown is to be presented by property hunters Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer on Wednesday.

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