Resort voted best for its open spaces

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Blackpool has topped a poll based on the UK’s happiest towns and cities – winning an award for its open spaces.

The resort was given the recognition in a survey by property website Rightmove, which asked people how they felt about where they lived.

Surveying more than 24,000 people, the property website considered a range of factors which contribute to the happiness of residents across the UK.

This included categories such as open spaces, living space, home decor and the safety of the community.

In recent years, more than £100m has been spent rebuilding 3km of the promenade, as well as installing the Comedy Carpet and regenerating the sea wall.

Green spaces in the town include Stanley Park, Moor Park, Anchorsholme Park and Kingscote Park.

By comparison, Islington in London was rated the UK’s most cramped location.

Harrogate, the North Yorkshire spa town, was crowned overall happiest place to live in Britain for the third year in a row.

Barking and Dagenham in London came bottom of the vote.