PORTSMOUTH has beaten rival city Southampton in a survey naming the best places to live within the UK.
The city made it into the top 250 of the most desirable areas to live within Great Britain, while neighbours Southampton did not feature in the top 250.
The news has been welcomed by Portsmouth City Council leader, councillor Donna Jones.
She said: ‘I’m pleased to hear the result of this year’s best places to live study in which Portsmouth tops the charts yet again above our rival city neighbours Southampton.
‘I think this is due to the America’s Cup, Victorious Festival, Great South Run and our historic dockyard and heritage within the city.’
Portsmouth just made it into the top 250 areas to live, compiled by Halifax, achieving 248th place.
We will carry on with the vision to make Portsmouth one of the top sporting destinations in the country outside of LondonCouncillor Donna Jones, Portsmouth City Council leader
However, other communities within the Portsmouth area also featured within the study.
Topping the lists locally was Fareham, which ranked 72nd.
While Havant and Gosport also excelled, hitting 153rd and 205th respectively.
Cllr Jones said Portsmouth City Council aspired to bolster its rating for next year and was working hard to achieve this.
‘There’s over 650 authorities in the UK so coming in the top 250 is an achievement,’ she added.
‘But to push ourselves further we will carry on with the vision to make Portsmouth one of the top sporting destinations in the country outside of London and carry on regenerating the city with high-end hotels, high class, quality cafés and grade A office accommodation.’
Former Liberal Democrat council leader for the city, councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, said he was disappointed with the result as he hoped it would have been higher.
‘Over the last dozen years, Portsmouth’s reputation has changed enormously and that’s been really positive,’ he said.
‘It is becoming a place which people are much more keen to come and live and much more keen to come and visit.
‘I am disappointed we are only 249th and I hope that we will be higher.
‘There’s still a lot of work to do and we have got to be realistic about it.’
He added the city should focus on regenerating derelict areas and urging more medium-sized companies and employers into the area.
Chichester was the only community within the area to hit within the top 50, achieving 33rd.
The Isle of Wight also featured within the top 100, hitting 98th.