Over 300 of you took part in our fourth Talking Points survey through June and July. This time around we wanted to know your views on major sporting events in the capital, and also delve more deeply on the topic of high streets.
Major sporting events
Following the success of the Olympics, London has continued to attract major sporting events such as this year’s Rugby World Cup, the Track Cycling World Championships in 2016 and World Athletics Championships in 2017. Over 8 in 10 of you think it‘s important that London attracts major sporting events, with half thinking it’s very important. You also told us that the most important benefits for London are promotion of the city and the UK in general, regeneration and attraction of tourists. A fifth of you also thought that boosts to the local economy and transport improvements were benefits, although not many of you were convinced of any benefits to business and job opportunities.
We also wanted to know more still about how you use your local high street. This is to help shape City Hall’s work to rejuvenate high streets, boost business, improve transport and smarten shop fronts. The main ways you use your high streets are to access local transport links and, of course, to shop. 56% of you support local businesses at least every two weeks by buying from them. We now also know that activities like sport, culture and eating out are less common things to do on your own high street, but 7 in 10 of you visit restaurants on other high streets, while half visit other high streets for the pubs or to meet people.
You can still tell us what you think make a great high street and which is your favourite. We’re running our community satisfaction survey in August, so Talking Points will be back in October.