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Portsmouth & Southsea’s open common spaces

A list published in The Independent cites Portsmouth as fourth in a poll of the happiest places in the UK to be a child, just behind Sheffield, Leeds, and Norwich that took the top spot.

Researchers looked at the facilities and amenities which parents believed are important for a happy childhood, and analysed how many of these facilities they felt were offered where they lived.

The most popular feature for a fulfilling childhood was a garden to play in.

Other factors included having friends who live nearby, good street lighting, and areas safe enough for children to cycle in.

Being by the beach was also deemed important, thus earning coastal towns like Newquay, Truro, and Plymouth a place in the top 20.

Nearly eight in ten parents believed their children spend less time outdoors than they did themselves.

The poll was undertaken by Panda Soft Drinks, with 2,000 parents participating.

Speaking to The Independent, Nina Uttley, brand manager for Panda Soft Drinks, said: “A happy childhood does not depend on the latest games, expensive gadgets, and access to theme parks.

“This survey shows just how vital the great outdoors can be. Even if you live in an urban area, easy access to parks or playgrounds and a short drive to the beach of woodland can give children the active upbringing they deserve.”

The full list is as follows:

  1. Norwich
  2. Leeds
  3. Sheffield
  4. Portsmouth
  5. Glasgow
  6. Birmingham
  7. Bristol
  8. Cardiff
  9. Manchester
  10. Truro
  11. Newcastle
  12. Liverpool
  13. Newquay
  14. Plymouth
  15. Canterbury
  16. London
  17. Ipswich
  18. Exeter/Brighton (joint)
  19. Edinburgh

Source Independent article.

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