Nationwide Survey Uncovers Local Opinion about Towns

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4th April 2012 15:00 - Sport, Leisure and Tourism

A poll of more than 5,000 people across 165 community sites by has revealed what the nation thinks about their towns.

The Town Survey, which is the first of its kind, discovered that the main gripe people have is relates to transport and parking. While London’s transport and roads have seen a £6.5bn investment ahead of the Olympic Games, Britons across the rest of the country complain about their roads being plagued with potholes.

In addition, 39% of respondents claimed that poor public transport in their area has made them dependent on their cars to get about, with the result that parking is becoming an issue and one in five now think their roads are gridlocked with traffic.

On the positive side, the poll found that despite the lure of free parking in out of town shopping centres, 21% of people are now opting to support their fellow residents by choosing to shop local, thus giving a boost to independent retailers during tough times.

Lee Williams, General Manager at, commented: “Having polled the nation, proves that despite some grievances, the majority of locals are backing their towns and neighbours by choosing to shop local. However, local authorities should take heed that limited transport and parking will only serve to hinder potential retail growth on the high street as they force shoppers out of town.”

Finally, the Town Survey demonstrated that English pride in towns nationwide is alive and well, as only one in seven (14%) people say their streets could be cleaner.

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