Is capacity going to be an issue under the regeneration?
One aspect of the Alton regeneration which hadn’t been at the front of mind is that regarding capacity to serve the increase in the Alton’s population. This topic arose off the back of the Daily Mail article that was on its front page recently which mentioned the following;
|“Originally designed for 6,000 patients, it now serves nearly 19,000. Residents say the extra demand is a result of new housing developments springing up while few improvements have been made to health services”.|
What’s the population increase going to be?
Our Labour Councillors commented at the Roehampton Forum of 7th November that the population increase would be;
- 5% for the ward,
- 10% for the Alton (I think, hopefully someone will confirm/amend this figure), and
- 20% for Alton West.
Let’s not neglect to mention that outside of the regeneration, student housing is being built and there is new housing popping and there has been the building up of Queen Mary’s Place and Emerald Square over the past few years.
These percentages seem to indicate that will be a lot of people coming into the Roehampton & Putney Heath ward.
How is this being dealt with?
How is the health aspect being dealt with, well… Team Roehampton informs us that we’ll receive “new GP surgeries”.
If that’s good enough for the people of the Alton, then there’s nothing to worry about……is there?
What is the health figure for the Alton estate?
The figures provided in the Alton Masterplan Baseline, page 137 Table 16, is presented below.
|Population of the Alton Area Health Issues|
|Alton Area||LB Wandsworth||London|
|Day-to-Day Activities Limited A Lot||462||7||16,114||5||551,664||7|
|Day-to-Day Activities Limited A Little||475||7||18,272||6||605,51||7|
|Household is Deprived in 2 Dimensions||6,040||87||272,609||89||7,016,776||86|
|Very Good Health||3,484||50||176,198||57||4,127,788||50|
|Very Bad Health||70||1||2,814||1||100,130||1|
|Source: Census 2011|
In the Alton Masterplan Report (page 14) it is mentioned that;
|“The area also performs relatively poorly on health indicators. 14% of the area’s population have long-term health problems or disabilities which limit their day to day activity ‘a little or a lot’. This isabove the Wandsworth average of 11%. This higher incidence of health problems potentially limits the ability of people in the area to access jobs, or participate in exercise or social activity, or accessservices or amenities. This also puts significant pressure on health and other community services. Anecdotal evidence from health practioners in the area suggests that there are particular problems of mental health and physical inactivity which further contribute to the areas problems regarding the health and wellbeing of its residents”.|
If the Alton figures are bad, then London’s need improving too. The figure for London is 14% too (Day-to-Day Activities Limited A Lot + Day-to-Day Activities Limited A Little), according to the figures in the Census report. Is it that the Alton performs “relatively poorly” (and so too London) or is it that Wandsworth’s figures are very good?
The Alton figures are on par with the London figures and in some cases are better.
- Other than bringing in new residents which will likely be wealthier and contribute to improving the Alton Area figures through a change in type of residents rather than addressing the actual “health issues”, what is being done to address the figures for the Alton Area as is?
- What are the anticipated percentage changes with and without the regeneration? For instance, will the “Very Good Health” figure increase to 57% for the Alton population excluding the new residents?
- Will the “modern GP surgeries” be able to handle the increase in population?
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Email your Roehampton and Putney Heath Councillors at;
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Jeremy Ambache – JAmbache@wandsworth.gov.uk
Sue McKinney – SMcKinney@wandsworth.gov.uk
And the Wandsworth Council team managing the ‘regeneration’
Team Roehampton – Roehampton@wandsworth.gov.uk
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