Happy to be here

According to a recent survey by the Office of National Statistics, East Renfrewshire is one of the happiest places in the UK to live.

When quizzed on how satisfied they were with life, East Ren locals were well above the UK average and substantially above neighbours in Glasgow.

So what is it about East Renfrewshire that people like so much? The Extra took to The Avenue shopping centre to find out.

Christopher Park, a 17-year-old student from Newton Mearns believes the people have a lot to do with it.

He told The Extra: “Everybody is very friendly and the schools are great. If I was nitpicking I would say there could be more to do for young people, but all in all it’s a very good place to grow up and go to school in”.

Morag Ferguson and husband Hugh from Newton Mearns have “no complaints” about where they live.

“I love living here”, said Morag, “Our neighbours are lovely, and it’s in a good location with lots of good shops”.

Hugh added: “It’s clean, it’s peaceful and there is very little crime”.

Bert McLaren, who is celebrating his 90th birthday this week, has lived in Newton Mearns for more than 50 years.

He said: “It’s a great place to bring up a family and retire. There are good schools and I have been happy throughout my time here.However, I fear that could change, as the council doesn’t listen to people.

“They put in speed bumps on my road despite all the locals objecting.

“Meanwhile, if the incinerator comes, people will no longer be happy. It would cause an exodus”.

Taf Dean (46) likes being “away from the hustle and bustle of city life”.

He continued: “For a middle-aged man with a family, it’s a perfect, family-orientated place. There’s hardly any crime and very good schools”.

Elizabeth Brown from Stamperland enjoys the “community aspect of life in East Renfrewshire”.

She told The Extra: “The council put a lot on so there is always something to do. It’s also very clean and in a good location”.

Albert Warren (72) added: “The location is a big part of it. It’s just a short distance away from the city centre but it’s far enough away not to have the problems of living in town.

“And it’s just a short distance away from the coast or the countryside”.

To view the statistics, head online to www.ons.gov.uk.