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Northampton named as one of the 'unhealthiest high streets' in Britain

Northampton high street Photo: ITV News Anglia

Northampton is one of the "unhealthiest" high streets in Britain according to a new report.

Research by the Royal Society for Public Health looked at seventy high streets across Britain, ranking them in order of the most "unhealthy".

According to the report, people living in towns and cities with more betting shops, fast food outlets and off-licences lived on average, two and a half years less than those living without those types of businesses.

"While the face of the British high street continues to change, the environmental and economic factors that influence inequalities in health outcomes across the country remain stubbornly intractable. Our Health on the High Street rankings illustrate how unhealthy businesses concentrate in areas which already experience higher levels of deprivation, obesity and lower life expectancy. Reshaping these high streets to be more health-promoting could serve as a tool to help redress this imbalance."

– Shirley Cramer CBE, chief executive of the RSPH

The 'Health on the High Street: Running on Empty' report deducted points for betting shops, payday lenders, fast food outlets, off licences, tanning salons and empty shops. But it gave points for pubs and bars, dentists, opticians, libraries, leisure centres, museums and galleries, pharmacies, coffee shops and vape shops.

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The top 10 towns and cities with the 'unhealthiest' high streets are as follows:

  • Grimsby
  • Walsall
  • Blackpool
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • Sunderland
  • Northampton
  • Bolton
  • Wolverhampton
  • Huddersfield
  • Bradford

The top towns and cities with the 'healthiest' high streets are as follows:

  • Edinburgh
  • Canterbury
  • Taunton
  • Cheltenham
  • York
  • Brighton & Hove
  • Eastbourne
  • Exeter
  • Cambridge