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Portishead - General review.
Portishead in general
Author Name: Lizzie
Portishead in general
Advantages: Lovely character, affluent area, good space (lake grounds), friendly, close to Bristol, Schools
Disadvantages: Expensive to live in, Not much to do when it rains, Parking in new developments
I have lived in Portishead for over 18 years and love it. In that time there have been a lot of changes though, including many massive housing developments.
I live in the older part of Portishead, however there are several new developments.
The Vale was built around ten years ago and sits on the outskirts of Portishead (but only a ten minute walk to the high street and shops), The village quarter is situated next to the marina and on the other side is the fisherman's village. However, these three new developments are all prone to flooding as they are built on old marsh lands and there are concerns that they won't still be standing in 100 years time. You can see this by the bridges they have to build as walkways between houses etc and some areas were abandoned as they couldn't pump all the water out despite having industrial pumps in for months.
There is another new development at the top of Portishead, however, this is a very long walk to the highstreet! It is a very modern and affluent area, with some of the larger houses in Portishead. It is called Charlcombe Rise.
The older part of Portishead consist of the high street, lake ground area, nore road, avon way, up near Highdown school and the Slade road area, just to name a few.
There is one secondary school, Gordano. The school is very well regarded and has a large catchment area. It is doing well in league tables and is 'outstanding' according to OFSTED reports. It has also had a lot of new building work meaning it can accommodate everyone. The school is large and about 2000 students attend Gordano.
Primary schools include:
There are also many nurseries/childminders/playgroups.
You could cater for your every need in Portishead. The High street consists of several banks, charity shops, many pharmacies and a few independent businesses - clothes, hairdressers, food, sports, jewellery etc.
There are also a few chain stores such as Gregs and Costa, iceland and budgens.
Outside of the high street is subway, lidl, coop, waitrose, and more.
We also have a small retail park including new look, peacocks and pets at home, as well as dreams and homebase and argos. Sadly we also have a McDonalds! :(
Portishead has an outdoor swimming pool (open in the summer months), situated next to the lake grounds, and an indoor leisure centre too. the leisure centre includes a large gym, swimming pool, bowls room, spinning room, sports hall, multi-purpose studio room and cafe. They offer many classes per week (very good too!!!) and membership is reasonable.
There is also a library and youth club, as well as several parks and a skate park at the top of Portishead.
Summary: Very good place to live, especially if you are a young professional or family.