Britain's unhealthiest high streets named and shamed

Walsall was 2nd in the list

Closed shop fronts, betting shops, tanning salons, payday loan lenders and junk food outlets are the bad things that earn high streets poor marks, and unfortunately for Grimsby those are the main things it has to offer its people when they hit the town, hence it provably being the unhealthiest place in the country.

The Health on the High Street: Running on Empty report used a scale giving points for pubs and bars, dentists, opticians, libraries, leisure centres, museums and galleries, pharmacies, coffee shops and vape shops.

He added: "Local authorities and private landlords can also help by lowering vehicle parking charges, desisting from giving permissions for more retail space in out of town shopping centres and helping town centre and high street businesses to work together under a common identity or local offering".

Chief executive of the RSPH, Shirley Cramer, said this health imbalance between in rich and poor areas needs to be rebalanced.

Grimsby was ranked the unhealthiest town in Britain, and it was joined in the bottom 10 by the likes of Walsall, Blackpool, Stoke-on-Trent and Sunderland.

Shrewsbury is known for its many independent cafes and has few town centre bookmakers compared to most United Kingdom cities, although there are William Hill and Coral branches on High Street.

The RSPH ranked a whole load of United Kingdom cities using a scale that measure what it describes as the "health" of the local area, using metrics that rank high streets according to what sort of businesses they house.

More news: Region's unemployment rate up slightly from September

The number of empty shops on the high street has increased from below 7 per cent in 2007 to 11 per cent in 2017.

"Reshaping these high streets to be more health-promoting could serve as a tool to help redress this imbalance".

"The local authorities that would be well-placed to make changes have faced severe funding cuts from the Government".

The findings come in the wake of the autumn budget, in which the Chancellor announced measures aimed at helping high street shops struggling to online rivalry. Our latest report highlights the impact of online retail, including concerns that this may be one of the factors behind the growth and clustering of empty shops and the devastating impact this has on community wellbeing.

The (RSPH) want The Treasury to review how businesses taxes are determined.

The public survey was conducted by Populus on behalf of RSPH in May 2018.

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