January 16, 2014 Leave a comment
The data below comes from the Public Health England website . This shows the seventeen wards that make up the Borough of Southend-on-Sea, and also includes the English average.
The four columns show admittedly arbitrary choices (the website has many indices to choose from); however it does reflect and illustrate some of the things I campaign about.
|Life expectancy at birth for males (years)||Life expectancy at birth for females (years)||Income Deprivation (%)||Overcrowding (%)|
And so, what does this all mean? Well, clearly there are some disparities. The table is sorted by income deprivation which shows Kursaal and Victoria some way behind most of the rest of the town, and way behind West Leigh.
The UKIP candidate in West Leigh is campaigning on over development – ironic given that West Leigh not only has a very low overcrowding figure (16th in the borough) and it is also the fifteen least densely populated ward (see http://warelane.wordpress.com/2012/12/04/population-density-per-ward-in-southend-on-sea/). I think we can safely file that under ‘scaremongering’.
Overcrowding is at about a fifth in the three town centre wards, which further vindicates my campaigning about overdevelopment here.
The contrasts in life expectancy are stark; men in Eastwood Park can expect nine years more than their Kursaal brothers. The gap for females is not quite so large, although it still stands at eight years between the women of Kursaal and those living in Thorpe. That these wards also rub shoulders says something.
Chalkwell ward, which does well on income deprivation, falls behind on the other three measures. I wonder what the voter under registration figure is here, because I suspect that the eastern end of this ward (east of Crowstone Road/Avenue) has many houses of multiple occupancy – and this usually means both poverty and disengagement.