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Rhondda’s ‘most affordable town’ moved to the south-east of England by Express newspaper

20 Jul 2020 2 minute read
The real Ferndale. Picture by Gareth James (CC BY-SA 2.0).

A Welsh town marketed as one of the most affordable across Britain has been moved to the south-east of England in a blunder by the Express newspaper.

Ferndale, Rhondda Cynon Taf is listed in the paper as one of the cheapest places to buy property in the UK today. But it is shown as being closer to Tunbridge Wells than the valleys of the south-east of Wales.

Zoopla had revealed the most affordable towns to buy a property in the UK by analysing average property prices and comparing them with the earnings ratio.

Shildon is the most affordable place to buy a home with an average property price of just £60,000, while Ferndale, or Glynrhedynog, came in at 8th.

However, despite all the other areas being in Scotland and the north of England, Ferndale is placed in the south-east of England on two different maps in the article.



The map by the Express newspaper

Caernarfon Councillor Cai Larsen who spotted the mistake asked: “How on earth has Ferndale moved to the south-east of England without S4C News saying a word about it?”

The Express article notes that England is the least affordable country to buy a UK home, with houses there £100,000 more expensive, on average than Wales and Scotland.

Commenting in the article, Tom Parker, Consumer Expert at Zoopla says: “With the UK housing market opening up again, we know, now more than ever, that it’s important for buyers or potential buyers to know where they can get the most for their money when purchasing a property.”

London commuters racing to Ferndale, Kent, are however likely to be disappointed.

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