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Identity of Stafford Town Centre

Discussion in 'Stafford Chat' started by Nay123, Aug 23, 2020.

  1. Nay123

    Nay123 Newbie

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    Hello everyone,

    I'm new to the Stafford Forum and couldn't find an active town centre thread to post this:

    I'm a local A level student, and I'm currently doing some A Level Coursework about the identity of Stafford Town Centre, particularly if there's a variation in identity between the regenerated south and the older north side. If you have a couple of minutes to spare, I would really appreciate it if you could fill out a short questionnaire about your views on Stafford's north/south identity :
    https://s.surveyplanet.com/gnxnJ_ypAf

    If you have an opinion on Stafford's north and south identities, feel free to let me know your thoughts on this thread. (A small warning that anything posted on this thread may end up being used anonymously in my coursework).

    Thank you for your time :)
     
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  3. littleme

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    kyoto49 Well-Known Forumite

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    I've completed it but I'm intrigued about this perceived difference in identity between North and South Stafford . Does Stafford even have an identity?
     
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    I'll have do it when I get home, clicked on the link and the computer at work froz up completely!
     
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    Thank you so much everyone for completing it!! I genuinely really appreciate it, especially given how hard its been to arrange coursework after our fieldwork trip got cancelled.
     
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    In terms of Stafford's identity, I was intrigued by that too, which is the reason I chose my title about it. Identity can encompass a wide variety of concepts, including politics, socio economic conditions etc. I think personally Stafford's identity is just made up of how homely it is. Unfortunately it really doesn't have much going for it in terms of anything particularly unique or outstanding, but I think that is, in essence, what makes Stafford's identity; how dull it is (not all of it,)but e.g. everyone loves complaining about the high street, and the amount of empty stores etc. You can walk down the high street and bump into people that you haven't seen in years. The fact that there's such a limited number of things to do, means that so many people have very similar experiences growing up in Stafford, which kind of makes it a bonding experience, especially given that there's a fairly small young adult/teenage population in Stafford. There's a lot of common ground, which helps to make Stafford such a familiar and homely place.
     
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    I don't share peoples negative views of Stafford. Yes, the High Street isn't as vibrant as it once was but it still has a decent range of shops. The town also boasts a number of very good restaurants and some fantastic real ale pubs.

    I think the town lacks leisure facilities. However, there are a number of fantastic leisure facilities within a short drive, e.g flip out in Stone. We've also got Cannock Chase on our doorstep and 3 non league football teams.

    There are plenty of things to do in Stafford but it does require some effort on the person to go and find it.

    I've been very fortunate to live in some fantastic places, such as Shrewsbury, Manchester and Dubai. I chose to come back to Stafford to raise my family and I'm glad I did.

    Finally, I grew up in the north end of Stafford however when I returned to Stafford I only wanted to live in the south of Stafford. Since returning to Stafford 5 years ago I have bought two houses in the south. I don't plan to move again.
     
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