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Shrewsbury tops table of UK's 'Healthiest High Streets'

Shrewsbury tops table of UK's 'Healthiest High Streets'
A league table of the "healthiest" and "unhealthiest" high streets in Britain has named Shrewsbury as having the "healthiest" High Street in the UK.

The Royal Society for Public Health assessed 70 areas in the UK according to the types of businesses found there. Bookmakers, loan shops, tanning salons and fast-food outlets were viewed as having a "negative impact" on public health, while leisure centres and health services were deemed positive.

Shrewsbury was ranked number one because of the unusually high number of quality eating outlets and independent shops it has.

Claire Owen from Shropshire Tourism said, "This is great news for Shrewsbury and Shropshire and is testament to the number and quality of independent shops and eateries we have here in our county town."

Britain's "healthiest High Streets" ranked:

1. Shrewsbury

2. Ayr

3. Salisbury

4. Perth

5. Hereford

6. Carlisle

7. Cambridge

8. Cheltenham

9. York

10. Bristol

Source: Royal Society for Public Health

Businesses were scored by more than 2,000 members of the public, and by public health and local government experts, on the extent to which they encouraged healthy choices, promoted social interaction, provided access to health advice and promoted positive mental wellbeing.

The league table was drawn up based on scores and the prevalence of each type of businesses in each High Street.

Britain's "unhealthiest High Streets" ranked:

1. Preston

2. Middlesbrough

3. Coventry

4. Blackpool

5. Northampton

6. Wolverhampton

7. Grimsby

8. Huddersfield

9. Stoke-on-Trent

10. Eastbourne

Source: Royal Society for Public Health

The society has called for a limit of 5% of each "unhealthy" type of business on a High Street to avoid saturation.

The organisation's chief executive Shirley Cramer said "Our research does find higher concentrations of unhealthy businesses exist in places which already experience high levels of deprivation and premature mortality."

 

 

 


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