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Independent survey gives a big thumbs up to Brixton

Ninety-three per cent of people surveyed in Brixton say that Lambeth Council has done a good job in improving the area over the past two years – according to an independent survey. The study, carried out by Skillsmart Retail, revealed Brixton as a safe area with a huge variety of good shops, bars, and restaurants – an excellent location for a good night out The comprehensive study carried out last month as part of Brixton’s Purple Flag project, is the first of its type in the UK.

More than four-fifths – 82 per cent agreed there was a wide choice of pubs, cafes and restaurants and 77 per cent thought Brixton was clean and tidy. Importantly for a town centre with such a vibrant night-time economy, 70 per cent agreed there was a good police presence.

A team of mystery shoppers, town centre assessors, and street interviewers visited Brixton town centre to ‘examine’ the night time economy for the survey. They visited and inspected a variety of local facilities including, shops, bars, customer toilets, and restaurants, focussing their survey on the environment that customers and establishments have to operate in.

They found that there was a wide variety of eateries, public transport was good, the town centre was well signed and customer toilets were dry, safe and clean. The results are a measure of how well the town centre is physically equipped and how well it provides a hospitable environment.

One assessor noted: “I had quite a poor impression of Brixton prior to this visit. However after this visit, I would now be really happy to return. I felt safe throughout my visit and I can see the work that has been done here”.

Of the mystery shoppers, 86 per cent said they would return to the venue they visited and 84 per cent said they would recommend it to a friend.

The results of this independent survey were welcomed by Cllr. Sally Prentice, cabinet member for regeneration, planning and employment. She said; “Brixton is famous globally for its nightlife, and though the results reflect what we have known anecdotally, it is good to have hard empirical evidence to back these perceptions.

“We are very pleased that two out of three people visiting Brixton said that they feel safe in the town centre at night, but we are committed to continuing to work with the police and local businesses to further improve the local environment, so people feel safe and secure visiting Brixton.

“The survey results will give independent traders a fantastic opportunity to get up-to-date advice and  information about the town centre to help their businesses flourish”.

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