‘Harefield Is A Rural Settlement’: Discuss
Harefield is a settlement placed a few miles between the towns of Uxbridge (4 miles), Ruislip (5 miles), Northwood (3 miles), Harrow and Watford (both 8 miles), Slough (10 miles) and Central London (13 miles). Technically, as Harefield isn’t that far away from those towns, it isn’t a rural settlement (Index of Rurality). However I shall discuss that later. The characteristics of Harefield as a settlement are a mixture of rural and urban factors; it has wide open spaces and is surrounded by fields, but it is also built up in some places and has a high street. Harefield has mainly small country lanes as its means of transport, which suggests rural, but then it is on a main road, and has lots of transport facilities; at least three buses run through it, and a true rural settlement would usually have only one or two bus routes through, and once or twice a week at that, not the regular service that it actually has.
I am discussing whether Harefield is or isn’t a rural settlement. This subject is difficult to land on a yes or a no, as Harefield has a wide mixture of both urban and rural characteristics. To help me decide on one or the other I shall apply the Index of Rurality to Harefield. The Index of Rurality was created by a man called P. Cloke (1977). It is constructed of the factors Cloke thought would tell whether a settlement was an urban or a rural one. The Index of Rurality consists of: