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How Quality of life varies in Windsor.

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Introduction

Geography coursework How Quality of life varies in Windsor Introduction Windsor is a large town located in the south east of England, and is roughly 20 miles to the west of London. It is famous for having both Legoland (a theme park) and, more importantly, Windsor castle- a huge historical building, home to the Queen and the Royal family. Both of these tourist attractions are listed in the UK's top twenty. Windsor is unique in having an area of parkland, the Windsor Great Park, significantly bigger than the town itself. The Queen owns Windsor Great Park and many parts of it remain private. However, much of the park is open to the public, who enjoy visiting the area especially in the summer. Windsor is a nice place to live due to it being in a riverside location (next to the river Thames); the river, with its cruise boats, other traffic and wildlife is yet another of Windsor's many attractions. Due to Windsor's many tourist attractions (some have been mentioned above), it is a popular tourist town. Those who choose to live in Windsor have to pay a higher price for their houses than they would in neighbouring towns of Slough (a major industrial town) and Maidenhead. Windsor has a thriving town centre with many popular shops largely located in the High street and Peascod Street. It is well served by two train stations providing good rail connections with Slough (and from there to London Paddington, Reading, Oxford and beyond) and London Waterloo. In theory Windsor could be a dormitory town in which people commute to work elsewhere. ...read more.

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This roundabout causes there to be more litter, less street furniture, no parking, more traffic and less safety and therefore 3 less quality of life points have been awarded to sample point 2. I would expect there to also be more nuisance and air pollution at the roundabout, but this is not the case. Sample point 6 is the second fluctuation, this may be because the local authority has invested less money. As an outcome of this sample point 6 has lower quality roads, more telephone and electricity cables and less traffic safety and therefore 4 less quality of life points have been awarded to sample point 6. Sample point 10 is the third fluctuation. This may be because there is a row of shops nearby. Therefore there is more litter and more advertisements and 4 less quality of life points have been awarded to sample point 10. Nevertheless due to there being 7 of the 10 results in the predicted direction (in transect 1), this evidence proves hypothesis 1 is true for areas outside the CBD. The above relationships are shown in graph 1and in the proportional bar graph. Transect 10 stretches from sample point 1, at Peascod Street (Queen Victoria's Statue) and goes through William Street, Alexandra Road, Bolton Avenue and Bolton Cresent. It ends at sample point 10, at Wood Close. The results from transect 10 also show an increase in quality of life. However, the results fluctuate at sample points 3, 5, 7 and 10. Sample point 3 is the first fluctuation, this may be because of the Barracks taking away street life and limiting street beauty meaning there need not be any street furniture on sample point 3 as no one would want to sit there. ...read more.

Conclusion

My hypotheses, made at the start of this investigation, were: 1. Quality of life near the CBD is poorer than in the suburbs 2. Quality of life in residential areas away from main roads is greater than quality of life on main roads. My hypotheses were proved correct on the whole. I have concluded that there is an overall trend in that the quality of life increases as you go away from the CBD, Central Business District, this was found both in residential areas away from main roads and on the main roads themselves. I have also found out that quality of life is greater in residential areas away from main roads than it is on main roads and have identified certain factors within quality of life that most cause this trend. The factors largely responsible for this were litter, air pollution, nuisance, traffic parking, and traffic safety, areas on main roads scored less quality of life points in these domains. To fully prove these ideas further investigation is required. Evaluation This investigation can be improved by: 1. Covering a wider range of domains, for example we could have covered housing density, housing privacy, garden size and garden quality. 2. Covering a wider range of areas and identifying which areas have advantages and disadvantages in certain domains. For example an out of town suburb might have less nuisance and less air pollution, but it would also have less of the buzz you get in the CBD of a busy town like Windsor. 3. Carefully observing quality of life and making sure every area has had accurate marking. In this way we would obtain more reliable results. 4. Investigating the standard of living as well as the quality of life. 5. ...read more.

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