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Comparison of MEDC tourist towns INTRO

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Introduction "Is Bakewell a better place to live than Uttoxeter?" This is the question I will be answering in my coursework; I will aim to find a distinct answer to whether Bakewell is a better place to live than Uttoxeter. I will define "a better place to live" by conducting many investigations into different aspects of each town (for example, environmental quality indexes, house prices, standard of living etc). Uttoxeter and Bakewell are both sustainable towns with large residential areas, however, to different extents; they both also provide shops, attractions and services. Both towns are surrounded by countryside and are in quite attractive areas, however Bakewell is situated in a National Park (The Peak District) so this could affect the results that will be gained, Bakewell could actually be suggested as a honey pot of the Peak District National Park, i.e. a very attractive place with a managed tourist area and a large number of visitors. Bakewell and Uttoxeter could be attractive do different types of people, for different reasons and generally it may be hard to determine which town is better to live in, however I plan to find an answer by comparing certain aspects of one town with the other. I will be using these questions to answer the statement: * Which town is more physically attractive? - i.e., environmental factors and also man-made factors * Which Town has the wider range of shops/markets available for both tourists and residents? * Which town has the most importance for tourists? -i.e. which town has the most long-distance tourists and tourist attractions? ...read more.

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This project is of a quite important and significant topic and is very relevant to the time, it has been chosen because tourism constantly increasing and Bakewell and Uttoxeter may change dramatically because of this, whether it be for the better or the worse. Tourism is definitely on the rise in the UK, according to the national office of statistics , During April to June 2006, there were 8.0 million visits to the UK by overseas residents - an increase of 3 per cent when compared with the previous three months. Spending increased 4 per cent to �3.8 billion. If that many people are coming to the UK in the summer months then it is definite they are going to visit attractions and honey pots, i.e. Bakewell. This could potentially leave Uttoxeter behind in terms of visiting tourists. This trend of increasing tourism is also shown in these statistics from the same source: Visits by overseas residents to the UK rose by 5 per cent during the 12 months ending June 2006, from 29.3 million to 30.8 million. The number of visits from residents of North America showed an increase of 4 per cent (to 4.4 million), from residents of Western Europe of 4 per cent (to 19.8 million), and from other parts of the world of 10 per cent (to 6.7 million). This is the main interest of my project and I will investigate how this raise in tourism and tourism related developments to the towns could affect which town is a better place to live. ...read more.

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The town stands on an elevation above the Dove Valley, and has been known for the cleanliness of its air and the long lives of its inhabitants. Surrounding Uttoxeter there are many small hamlets: Blount's Green, in the manor of Blount's Hall, three quarters of a mile SW. Little Bramshall, 2 miles W, adjoining Great Bramshall, Crakemarsh,2 miles N, a fertile district situated near the Dove. Spath, 1 mile N. Stramshall, and Creighton, 2 or 3 miles NW. Uttoxeter is also xlose to many attractions and facilities: East Midlands airport - 25miles ,1m toTutbury Castle - 6m to Alton Towers - 7m to The Peak District - 10m to Stoke on Trent Potteries - and 16m to Waterworld. Below is a hand drawn annotated map showing Uttoxeter in relation to the rest of England (scale: 1;4,000,000): This annotated map shows Uttoxeter in relation to its surrounding towns and villages (1:100,000): This annotated map shows Uttoxeter at a more detailed level (1:50,000): Bakewell: Absolute Location: United Kingdom 53� 12� N 1� 40� W BAKEWELLis in the parish of its name in Derbyshire, East Staffordshire in the West Midlands, Englnad, UK. Bakewell is 153 miles from London, 36 miles S.E. from Manchester, 25 N.W. from Derby, 16 N. from Ashbourn, 12 W. from Chesterfield, and 12 E by S. from Buxton. Bakewell is an ancient town, situate at the foot of a hill, on the western bank of the river Wye. Below is a hand drawn and annotated map showing Bakewell in relation to the rest of England (scale 1:4,000,000) This annotated map shows Bakewell in relation to its surrounding towns and villages (1:100,000): This map shows Bakewell at a much higher level of detail (1:50,000): ...read more.

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