Living in Walsall / Walsall in History
Part of the Black Country, famous for its enterprising and industrial past, Walsall is reinventing itself to become a progressive modern community. The borough is centred around the major town of Walsall, but also includes five smaller and distinctive district centres (Bloxwich, Aldridge, Willenhall, Darlaston and Brownhills), together with numerous villages.
Walsall Council is located to the north of Birmingham and east of Wolverhampton; and extends over 40 square miles. Although some of the borough is densely populated, over a third of the area is open park and farmland - a surprising fact for those who think of Walsall as being simply a suburb of Birmingham.
We are accessible from a wide area, with the M5, M6, M6 Toll and M42 Motorways all close by. The West Coast rail link opens up travel to all UK cities and Birmingham's international airport, close by offers an array of worldwide destinations.
A series of innovative regeneration programmes are starting to transform the borough. Over the last 6 years £376million of new investment has been secured for the Walsall Town centre, Gigaport and Waterfront areas, including: new housing, a hotel, the new Tesco store, Hospital and College.
Looking to the future we are working to secure over £500million of new investment across the Borough, some examples include the new Primark store in the town centre, together with a Cinema and College Sport Hub, with building work planned to start in 2014.
More unusually, Walsall's Arboretum, full of unusual trees and shrubs, is visited by more than 1 million people per year. Walsall as a borough boasts a surprisingly extensive range of diverse greenspaces, which does not necessarily reflect the external perception of the borough.
As a place to live, Walsall offers a wide range of urban or country living, at affordable prices. Large semi-detached or detached Victorian houses are to be found in tree- lined avenues, as well as many country style houses in our villages and rural areas within the borough's boundaries.
The new Waterfront housing complex offers stylish, new contemporary apartments and conversions within Walsall Town Centre. The surrounding area offers a choice of market towns and villages, whilst the thriving regional capital Birmingham is a mere 20 minute drive or train journey from Walsall's centre. This offers everything you could expect from a world class city; with excellent shopping, first class theatres and venues - together with a host of sporting events.
Excellent amenities and quality of life doesn't mean a high cost of living. Despite the fact that Walsall sits close to the heart of the motorway network, has excellent commuter links to Birmingham, Stafford and Wolverhampton, and is less than 30 minutes by car from Birmingham International Airport, typical house prices here are 35% lower than the national average (source: Land Registry HPI, November 2012).
With over 269,000 residents, Walsall is a growing, dynamic and exciting centre for business growth and development. Centrally located, with excellent road, rail and air transport links to the rest of the United Kingdom and beyond.
Walsall Council and various partners are leading the way with transformational projects throughout the borough which will make a very real and lasting difference to Walsall's economy. Including the new Art Gallery based on the Waterfront next to the canal.
Complemented by excellent educational, health, leisure and arts facilities; with woodland, commons and canals within easy reach of the town centre, Walsall is a diverse, exciting and fast growing location for businesses and their employees.