A nationwide survey of the most satisfying places to live in Britain has been topped by Hackney North, the Islington Gazette reports. The survey was carried out by think tank Demos, to find out how residents felt about their local area.
More than 20,000 places across Britain were included in the survey by Demos, which is a cross party think-tank which specialises in social policy. The survey was carried out to measure residents’ priorities and find out how well they rated local amenities such as shops, schools, housing, and transport.
Urban areas tended to rate most highly, with Hackney North and Stoke Newington, Islington North, Islington South, and Finsbury taking the top spots. Most Londoners rated housing as their top priority, with improving streets and communities second on the list. For the country as a whole, improving local shops was the number one priority.
Kitty Ussher, chief economic advisor for Demos and co-author of the report, said: “The index shows that some locations are better than others in meeting people’s routine needs and priorities. In particular it shows the importance of good quality shops and access to fresh air and nature in our daily lives.”
North-East Cambridgeshire and Gravesham were at the bottom of the list. Demos works to end the divisiveness of identity politics and bring people together through community building and integration. They also develop policies that bridge the divide between generations.
Hackney has also been recognised alongside Islington as the top London borough for healthy streets. The Healthy Streets Coalition used a scorecard system to rank London Boroughs on indicators such as low traffic neighbourhoods, bike routes, and road casualties. Islington was ranked first, followed by Hackney for the healthiest streets in London.
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