Crime, antisocial behaviour and jobs top the list of concerns of Blackpool residents, according to an independent survey commissioned by the People United - a coalition of unions including Unite, GMB, PCS, CWU and Unison.
The findings are from a survey of 14 English towns and cities involved in this summer’s People United bus tour, which showed that Blackpool had the highest number of respondents (14 per cent) who mentioned crime and antisocial behaviour as the top issue affecting them personally.
The People United bus, which arrives in Blackpool on Wednesday 3 July, will be offering advice and information on local campaigns between 14.30-18.00. It will be parked in St John’s Square on Church Street, near the Winter Gardens. On board the bus will be trade union experts and community specialists to offer advice and information on problems in and out of work.
There will also be a ‘question time’ event in the council chamber at Blackpool town hall FY1 1AD between 19.00-21.00 on Wednesday (3 July) to which the public are invited. The speakers will include Clive Grunshaw, police and crime commissioner for Lancashire; John Robb, musician and journalist; Carl Webb, CWU regional secretary; and Ken Cridland from Blackpool Against the Cuts.
People in Blackpool were most proud of their green spaces and natural beauty (22 per cent), with the beach and seafront being mentioned in particular.
This was a common response in all coastal areas, but it is worth mentioning that Blackpool had a lower number of people citing natural beauty than any other
This may be because Blackpool is also famed for being a popular nightlife centre, and this showed in the results with 19 per cent of people being most proud of the vibrant culture.
However, Blackpool’s nightlife was not universally popular with everyone. When asked what people would liked to see changed most, 17 per cent of people mentioned crime and antisocial behaviour, and 11 per cent cited litter and cleanliness, with the effects of the busy nightlife often being given as the main reasons behind both.
Blackpool had the highest number of respondents - 14 per cent - who named crime and antisocial behaviour as the top issue affecting them personally. There was a high proportion of people (20 per cent) facing unemployment or job insecurity.
People United is also asking people to share their ideas to get the economy growing and help build the ‘People’s manifesto’ to change our country for the better.
Unite regional officer John Boughton said: “People United will be in Blackpool to hear more about what people have to say about improving their town and their country.
“Crime and antisocial behaviour are issues that concern Blackpool residents, so it is excellent news that the police commissioner Clive Grunshaw will be on hand to answer worries at the ‘question time’ event on Wednesday evening.
“We will also be here to offer help and support to local communities. This is a fantastic opportunity to make your voice heard and to make a difference.
“We are asking people to share their ideas to get the economy growing and help build the People’s manifesto to change our country for the better."
Survation interviewed 1,451 UK adults by telephone on 3-14 June 2013 in Leeds, Hartlepool, Hastings, Norwich, Middlesbrough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Hull, Leicester, Peterborough, Blackpool, Coventry, Stoke-on-Trent and Bristol. Data was weighted to the profile of all adults aged 18+ in the relevant cities. Survation is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.
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