The Lillington Regeneration Needs Assessment has been written by Public Health Warwickshire and supported by WCC’s Joint Working Group. The needs assessment provides a comprehensive analysis into the health and wider socio-demographic needs of the residents of Lillington. It maps the health intervention and health improvement services available to the residents of Lillington, and its purpose is to help inform commissioners and providers to influence service delivery change.
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Some of the key messages from the needs assessment include:
- In Crown Ward the numbers of hospital stays for alcohol related harm are statistically significantly higher than the average for England.
- The housing data highlights that over half of the residents in Lillington East who are living in WDC owned social housing have been in rent arrears over a two year period between 2014 and 2015.
- Lillington West has the highest proportion (24%) of lone parents, which is above the average for Warwick District, Warwickshire, and England.
- The employment data highlights that Lillington East has consistently had the highest levels of youth unemployment, as well as the highest proportion of unemployed residents when compared to the average for Warwick District.
- There are no formal financial support services in Lillington. The need section highlighted that Lillington East has the highest number of enquires to CAB for debt and housing and households have on average the lowest income levels. As this Lower Super Output Area (LSOA) also has the highest proportion of households without access to a car / van in Warwick District, it may benefit residents if a CAB or similar service was based in Lillington on a regular basis.
- Some of the retail provision in the shopping precinct promotes unhealthy lifestyle choices – for example the betting shop and the prevalence of hot food takeaways. Obesity levels are high in some LSOAs in Lillington. There could be a restriction placed on the number of hot food takeaways in the area, or owners should be encouraged to provide healthy options on menus.
- A lack of a community hub offering a range of services was a key concern that came out at the stakeholder focus group. The tenancy questionnaire highlighted that the library is the most well-known and well visited service. This would suggest that the library may be best placed to house a community hub.
- Drug and alcohol commissioners should work closely with the police and other public sector bodies to address the ease of access to drugs in some parts of Lillington.
- Mental health issues such as social isolation, stress, and depression were reported as the main health and wellbeing challenges facing the population of Lillington.
- As well as feelings of social isolation, views from stakeholders were that the flats in Crown Way felt like an unsafe environment to be in, and that the design was a contributing factor to feeling unsafe. This was because of the lack of connectivity / over-looked spaces, which can enable criminal activity to take place unseen. Creating environments which design-out crime are important to improving community cohesion, and it is recommended that communities are developed with Public Health Warwickshire’s planning guidance document in mind.
- In terms of green space, stakeholders felt that connectivity to green spaces needed to be improved. Responses from the youth centre questionnaire also highlighted the importance of parks for health and wellbeing. Regeneration should consider improving access to green spaces and parks by improving walking / cycling routes. For mental and physical health and wellbeing, plans should also consider installing green gyms in parks and green spaces too.
- The stakeholder consultation identified a gap in service provision for children aged 5-10, who are too young to attend the youth centre, and too old for the 0-5 agenda. This age group is therefore being disadvantaged at a key stage of their development. Linking in with the local school / after school club activities should be considered to address the service gap.