Stoke-on-Trent ranked fourth unhealthiest high street in UK

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Stoke-on-Trent have ranked fourth in a Royal Society For Public Health (RSPH) report detailing Britain’s most unhealthy high streets.

70 major towns and cities are included in the report, with Stoke being listed as the fourth unhealthiest.

The ten unhealthiest high streets have a two and a half year lower average life expectancy than the healthiest.

Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive, (RSPH) said: “The rankings illustrate how unhealthy businesses concentrate in areas which already experience higher levels of deprivation.

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

The rankings are based on the type of shops found on the high street, including betting and fast food shops.

The high street vacancy rate has increased from below 7% in 2007 to 11% in 2017.

To tackle the problem, Chancellor Philip Hammond will knock a third off the business rates bill for 500,000 small retailers.

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

This is to ensure high street shops are not put at an unfair disadvantage compared to online retailers

Shirley Cramer said: “While we broadly welcome the package of measures announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer this week, we are concerned that they do not go far enough.

“There was no consideration of the unfair advantage online businesses enjoy over the high street.”

Stoke-on-Trent was saved from being included in the top three unhealthiest, coming behind Blackpool, Walsall, and Grimsby.

 

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