A street in Doncaster town centre. The town has been ranked 53 out of 70 unhealthiest places in the UK.
A new survey by the Royal Society for Public Health has ranked Doncaster as the 53rd on the list of unhealthiest places in the UK. The sampling involved 70 towns and cities based on the proportion of local businesses in the main retail area that either support or harm the public’s health.. However, the same survey rated the town as actually one of the best places in Britain to live.
According to the report, the survey was based on public and expert opinion. The report showed further that bookmakers, payday loan shops, fast food outlets and tanning salons were amongst the most negative impact on health while the most positive impact was drawn from pharmacies, leisure centres, and health services.
Ahead of Middlesbrough, Coventry, Blackpool and Northampton, the survey ranked Preston as Britain’s unhealthiest place. Shrewsbury was ranked as the healthiest place in the UK.
With the aim of making high streets healthier, the RSPH’s Health on the High Street campaign encourages businesses to take part in promoting health. It also helps local authorities with their planning and licensing aspects of administration.