Peterborough makes top half of health high street table

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Peterborough’s city centre has been ranked in the top half of the healthiest high street’s in the country.

The city was ranked 26th out of 70 towns and cities in Britain for encouraging healthy living in research by the Royal Society for Public Health.

The study looked at how many of certain types of businesses - including betting shops, tanning salons, chemists and libraries - were in the city centre, giving the city a score for each category.

Despite a high number of betting shops and fast food outlets in the 569 outlets in Peterborough, the city scored high enough in other areas to reach the top half of the list.

A spokeswoman for the Royal Society of Public Health said: “Peterborough has a comparatively high number of fast food takeaways at 2.98 per cent (of the 569 outlets), the average of the unhealthiest in the top 10 is 2.97 per cent and a comparatively high number of betting shops at 1.93 per cent, compared with the unhealthiest average of 1.25 per cent.

“However, it has a comparatively small number of payday loan shops at 0.7 per cent compared with the 10 worst average of 1.3 per cent and scores points from having a higher number of health services at 2.8 per cent, compared with 10 unhealthiest average of 1.46 per cent.

Peterborough does have quite a high number of unhealthiest businesses but scores points as it also a high number of health promoting venues

Royal Society for Public Health

“Overall, Peterborough does have quite a high number of unhealthiest businesses but scores points as it also a high number of health promoting venues.”

Topping the list as the healthiest town or city was Shrewsbury, with Cambridge making the top 10 in seventh place.

Preston was named the least healthy, with Northampton listed fifth from bottom.