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Living in Fleet: The Local Area Guide

The civil parish town of Fleet can be found in the North-East Hart district of the county of Hampshire. Situated between London and Basingstoke, it is surrounded by various small towns and parishes, blending a charming mixture of countryside and urban life. As such, the town is locally famous for its main attraction, Fleet Pond which is the largest lake in Hampshire. Fleet acts as the main town for the Hart district, and has been voted in the past as the Best Place to Live in the UK by the Halifax Quality of Life Survey.

Demographics

Whilst it remains a relatively small town, the 2011 census showed the population as sitting at just under 39,000. The majority of this population are situated nearer the centre of the town, with the outskirts being less densely populated and thus more highly sought out - particularly by those wishing to retire to a countryside getaway. The average age of the town is older than the average in the rest of Hampshire, at 42 years of age. As an affluent and highly desired area, the house prices do tend to reflect this, sitting at approximately 7 times the average annual wage in the region.

Hampshire's employment rates are slightly higher than the national average, as well as the percentage of those with qualifications - showing an influx of opportunities in the area for those wishing to move there.

Education

Fleet benefits from several infant and primary schools for those with young children. Amongst these are Fleet Infant School and Elvetham Heath Primary School, both of which are co-educational and achieved ‘Outstanding’ status in their most recent Ofsted reports. Tweseldown Infant and Taverstock Infant schools nearby also achieved excellent results in their respective Ofsted reports, though are slightly further out for those wishing to live nearer the centre of the town.

As far as higher education goes, the two main options are Calthorpe Park School and Court Moor School. Both of these are highly esteemed educational institutes, though the latter achieved a slightly higher Ofsted rating, making it potentially more sought out. Both schools benefit from a wide staff body, helping to ensure maximum interaction between student and pupil.

Transport

Fleet Railway Station was recently refurbished in a large improvement project, and since offers better services and options for commuters and those travelling by rail. It is served by the London to Basingstoke line, offering journeys to Basingstoke which take just over 10 minutes. Journeys to London take about an hour, making this destination a particularly popular area for those commuting into the capital for work.

For those wishing to travel by bus, there is a regular bus service run by Stagecoach - the 'Fleet Buzz' bus service - which provides transport in and around surrounding towns, and there are also daily coaches offered farther out to Basingstoke.

For those with their own transport, Fleet is situated fairly close to the M3, which provides transport to London and around the country.

Amenities and Shopping

Fleet is perhaps most well-known for the picturesque 'Fleet Pond Nature Reserve', home to the idyllic Fleet Pond, which is the largest freshwater lake in Hampshire. The nature reserve offers a beautiful woodland walk, one particularly popular with those who enjoy hiking or dog walking.

Fleet has access to Hart Shopping Centre, a large collection of over 40 renowned high-street shops. These include Argos, Boots, Waitrose, and Dorothy Perkins, as well as several food places where you can grab a bite to eat.

Alternatively, for those willing to travel, excellent shopping opportunities can be found in Basingstoke, just a short journey away. Simply hop on a train or bus to benefit from the shopping centre 'Festival Place' which is home to over 200 shops.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

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

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