Blackpool - lacking green spaces and health inequalities

Blackpool has the third highest death rate of anywhere in Europe due to a lack of green spaces, according to a report.

The Lancashire seaside town came only behind the Italian cities of Trieste and Turin in a list of places in Europe with more than 100,000 inhabitants with the highest mortality rates linked to a lack of green space.

Researchers from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health concluded up to 43,000 deaths each year could be prevented if areas followed World Health Organisation guidelines that no one should be more than 300 metres from a park or outdoor space.

A staggering 73% of Blackpool’s population have little or no access to such leafy areas.

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