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Revealed: Coventry's unhealthiest neighbourhoods; Factors under consideration included air pollution, access to health services and the number of takeaways.

Byline: Ben Eccleston

A neighbourhood in Tile Hill is the most unhealthy place to live in Coventry, according to experts.

The area bordered on four sides by Nickson Road, Tile Hill Lane, Templar Avenue and Torrington Avenue took the unenviable title ahead of other parts of the city.

Researchers at the University of Liverpool looked at levels of air pollution, access to various amenities such as fast food outlets or pubs, and proximity to health services including GPs, parks and recreational spaces.

They then calculated the healthiest and unhealthiest places to live in the country.

In Coventry, the area ofTile Hillwas said to be the worst, followed by parts of Westwood Heath and Lime Tree Park, and then the Lower Stoke area.

The worst area infor air quality was Radford, followed by two areas in Foleshill.

The study also looked at areas with the easiest access to retail outlets that may encourage poor health-related behaviours, such as pubs, betting shops and fast food outlets.

It found that the two worst areas wereLower Stokeand then the city centre.

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Looking nationally, London is home to six of the top 10 unhealthiest places to live.

That includes parts of Hackney, Camden and Soho.

They were found to have the greatest access to unhealthy opportunities such as takeaways, pubs and off licenses, along with high levels of air pollution and low levels of parks and green spaces.

On the other hand, the healthiest place to live was Great Torrington in North Devon.

The small market town has low levels of pollution, good access to parks and green space, few retail outlets that may encourage poor health-related behaviours, and good access to health services.

Liverpool senior lecturer in health geography, Dr Mark Green, who undertook the study, said: "The statistics reveal important insights about the concentration of certain amenities that may be damaging or promote health.

"For example, on average, individuals in Great Britain are just as close to a pub or bar, as they are to their nearest GP (1.1km).

"We also found that 42 per cent of people are within 1km (or a few minutes' drive time) of their nearest gambling outlet.

"These statistics reveal troubling issues with the neighbourhoods we live in and how they may be damaging to our health."

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