A survey by Preston BID (Preston City Center Business Improvement District suggests that almost 85% of respondents feel the city centre is a ‘safe place to be’.
Preston BID survey local residents every year, with 505 people taking part in this year’s research.
Their results show that 60% rated the city’s leisure offer as good or very good with 49% stating the city’s galleries/museums and culture were of good quality.
52% of respondents thought the high-street was a ‘better place to be’ following improvements made to Fishergate, an increase of over 10% on the previous year.
BID Chair John Boydell said: “The survey underlines the positivity around Preston city centre.
Tens of thousands of people are using the city centre on a weekly basis. More than 45% of survey respondents who visited the city centre live out of town, proving that visiting Preston is a conscious decision.
We were pleased to read that almost 70% of respondents are acutely aware of the BID’s work with 75% believing
the body adds value to the city.
“Since we launched this survey back in 2010, we have seen a shift in public opinion and attitude towards Preston and, while there is always more work to be done, stakeholders continue to make positive strides towards a more prosperous city centre.”