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Title: Moving to Marple
Post by: Gordy on March 01, 2004, 12:28:26 PM
I am thinking of moving to Marple (Norbury Drive / Gloucester Ave / Alan Drive area) and would really appreciate your advice.

I am an ex pupil of Marple Hall and presently live in Hazel Grove. I am moving as I now need a family house and have always thought Marple was quite nice and I assume the schools are still good.

Is the area I am looking at good or are there better areas to look at (My budget is approx £180k)

What's the crime level like nowadays? I lived in Poynton for 6 months and the Graffiti there is ruining the village.

Are the pubs alright or are they full of scallys?

Any advice / info

Thanks very much, I may see you soon  ;)
Title: Moving to Marple
Post by: Peter on March 01, 2004, 01:40:16 PM
Hi Gordy,
Everybody has a different opinion of Marple, I personally think its great here although like anywhere it has its problems. The forum is full of issues raised by our online community some good, some bad.
Hopefully somebody who lives around the Norbury Dr. area can give you more detail but I have always thought it appears a quietish, pleasant area.
Like everywhere else we have our share of idiots who like to try to spoil things but in the last couple of years Marple has been the receipient of quite a lot of investment and I think that we are beginning to see the benefit despite these young tosspots.
A very good selection of pubs (apart from the fact that they are virtually all Robinsons) which are generally well managed means you can go for a drink without worrying too much.

Hope your move goes OK
Title: Moving to Marple
Post by: Dave on March 01, 2004, 08:32:46 PM
It's a good place to live - much better than Poynton or Hazel Grove IMHO.  The town centre's nothing special but the people are friendly, there are still some good local shops, and the locality is great - lovely countryside right on your doorstep. Re schools my kids all went Marple Hall and they have done fine.  In fact I agree with Peter in all but one respect - the pubs being mostly Robbies is no problem!   :)
Title: Moving to Marple
Post by: Peter on March 01, 2004, 11:48:11 PM
Don't get me wrong, I like Robbies, it;s just that I wish we had more brewers to choose from!
Title: Moving to Marple
Post by: on April 28, 2004, 03:14:01 PM
Thanks for your replies

I have been looking at SMC website and it doesnt give very favourable stats for Marple

It looks like Marple has a problem with drugs and crime

Some people I have spoke to who know more about Marple than myself have the impression that there is often trouble and that it has a reputation of drugs

This is making me reconsider!

What do the people of Marple think about it?
Title: Moving to Marple
Post by: admin on May 01, 2004, 07:24:04 AM

I don't know the area of Marple you're thinking of moving to very well, so it's hard to comment specifically.

Having said that, after moving to Marple from the South in 1989, I think Marple is one of the nicer places to live and we've certainly never regretted it.

When we came here our kids were just starting primary school, now they're both working and the eldest has his own house in Marple too. So I think I can say from experience that it's a good place to bring up children.

There is trouble of course, there is everywhere, but there are many places that are much worse.

Regarding the pubs, I agree with what others have said - there's a pretty good cross section to suit most people's requirements. To echo what Peter said about the beer, although I love a pint of Robbie's, it would be nice if there was a bigger variety of brewers represented in the town to give a more varied selection!
Title: Moving to Marple
Post by: Dave on May 02, 2004, 03:51:26 PM
Thanks for the link - an interesting read.

You can't argue with these figures - Marple is one of Stockport's crime hot-spots, it seems, with more crimes than, for example, Brinnington.  Looking at the breakdown of types of offences, we score worst on drug offences (which often tend to happen behind closed doors, of course) and (more scary, perhaps) woundings!  On the other hand, we seem to have few burglaries and little car crime.  'Juvenile nuisance' can be a problem at times, as any reader of this forum will know.  

But it's important not to let these things get blown up out of proportion.  Norbury Drive seems like a quiet and safe area to me, and as far as I know from the few people I've known who live round there, there is not generally any trouble in that area.  

I can only speak as I find, Gordy, and despite the above, personally I'd much rather live here than in Poynton or Hazel Grove.

Hope this helps.

Dave :laugh:
Title: Moving to Marple
Post by: on May 03, 2004, 08:04:20 PM
My previous occupation gave me the pleasure of living in many places throughout the UK from Torquay to Aberdeen.

I have found Marple to be among the best.

Some people forget that we are quite privilidged in this area with standards of education, local services, job opportunities being amongst the highest in the Uk (in my opinion).

Sometimes the odd thing goes pear shaped but overall it is more passing nuisance.
Title: Moving to Marple
Post by: Deniseam on May 04, 2004, 02:22:46 PM
Blimey - if I read these posts before I moved here I wouldn't be here now.  I have lived here for nearly twenty years and love it.  I come from Middleton in North Manchester and certainly rate Marple and the surrounding area a lot more highly than Middleton.  The schools are great and although the shopping centre could be better the people in the shops are very friendly.  It really depends on where you live as to what trouble you will come across.  Going from previous posts in other forums I would say don't live near Goyt Mill/Beirut Corner or on any main road or near a pub.
Title: Moving to Marple
Post by: on May 05, 2004, 12:09:40 AM
Can't live near a pub???? to paraphrase you, "thank goodness I didn't read these posts before I moved here!!!!!
Title: Moving to Marple
Post by: on May 05, 2004, 09:28:00 AM
I've never heard of Beirut Corner.  Where is this ?
Title: Moving to Marple
Post by: Deniseam on May 05, 2004, 05:14:07 PM
Beirut Corner is the junction of Stockport Road, Station Road and Cross Lane.  

re the pub - there's a difference between living opposite/round the corner/along the road from a pub and living within a decent walking distance from one.  We live about half a mile from a pub, up a hill in a residential area - in summer with the windows open at night we can hear all the shouting, screaming etc when the people are turfed out at closing time.  I certainly wouldn't want to live any closer.
Title: Moving to Marple
Post by: Tricky on May 07, 2004, 10:24:54 AM
The noise from pubs is a sign of the times and not just a Marple issue.

Marple is, on the whole, a quiet place to live. Sound carries because it is such a quiet place.

I have lived in Marple nearly all my life - apart from 3 years in Compstall. It's all relative really.. the quieter the place.. the more the sound/noise will carry.
Title: Moving to Marple
Post by: Gordy on May 14, 2004, 04:55:33 PM
Well thanks everybody for your comments. I am now in the process of moving to Marple and I'm really looking forward to it.

I'll bear it in mind to watch myself around Beruit corner, aviod the druggies and be careful I don't get mugged!!

 ???  ;)

Great website, you will probably be hearing from me more often soon!

Title: Moving to Marple
Post by: Peter on May 14, 2004, 11:18:51 PM
Welcome to the madhouse!

It's very nice really.
Title: Moving to Marple
Post by: on July 06, 2004, 11:29:46 AM
I used to live in Marple and went to Peacefield and then to Marple Hall. I now live in Dukinfield, But i would move back to Marple given half the chance and if i win the lottery to afford the houses. My family all live in Marple and the so called areas being Offerton, Romiley so I travel to Marple every week to see all the family.

I also find that if you are ok to the so called "scallys" you will find that they are ok. If you stay away from the so called trouble areas then you will not be involved with goings on that go on in that area.

I also agree that the shops in Marple are cheerfull and helpfull to members of the public.
Title: Moving to Marple
Post by: on February 08, 2005, 10:19:25 PM
Now I'm quite worried!!  We like a house on Woodville Drive but with all the talk about Beirut Corner and living near pubs I'm reluctant to make a move.  The house is great and backs on to Middlewood way - would those of you who really know Woodville Drive and Cross Lane go for it or what!?!?!?
Title: Moving to Marple
Post by: admin on February 08, 2005, 10:42:34 PM
My family and I have lived on Woodville Drive for the last 15 years or so and I can recommend it without hesitation. The section backing onto the Middlewood Way is probably even quieter that the part we are on, which is the corner of Brydges Road, and it's a good way from the real trouble spots of Marple.

Nearer the Otters can be a little noisy at times but I'm not aware of any real trouble. Probably the worse thing you'll experience is the bad language from the players on the Rugby pitch on the other side of the Middlewood Way on a Saturday afternoon.

If you're reasonably close try visiting at different times of the day and night - that should convince you that you've nothing to be concerned about.
Title: Moving to Marple
Post by: on February 09, 2005, 11:00:46 AM
thanks Mark!  that's really helped My gut feeling was that Marple seems a very nice place to live and we love the house and the idea of backing onto Middlewood Way and being so secluded.  It's funny how it can just take one comment to really make you think twice and not knowing the area at all it's a big gamble to just up sticks and move.  I have drove around there quite a few times now and it always seems very quiet (maybe too quiet for my teenage daughter!!!;) but hey! you can't have it all ways can you?!?!?
Title: Moving to Marple
Post by: on February 11, 2005, 02:12:28 PM
My house backs onto the middlewood way on Woodville drive, it is a really nice road to live on. The people are nice who live on here, I know several people who live on Larch close, which backs onto the otters pub car park, they have never had a problem with noise coming from the pub. There a 2 houses for sale on the stretch that i live on , I am surprised they have not been sold sooner, Yes you do get noise from the rugby pitch, but it isnt all day, everyday, sometimes you do get swearing, but it seems to better now as quite a few of the neighbours went over and had  a word with the ref! Woodville drive is a great road to live on, especially where we are, we are not over looked at the back, the only traffic at the back of us is dog walkers, bikes, and horses!!!
Title: Moving to Marple
Post by: on February 13, 2005, 02:40:01 PM
Rugby players will be rugby players, i dont think a little word with the ref would stop those odd swear words!