Havering Borough is preparing for a population surge
PUBLISHED: 07:00 21 December 2015
Children and the elderly are the two population groups predicted to grow the most over the next 15 years, a report has revealed.
This is Havering: a demographic and socio-economic profile is the first report published by the borough’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment group (JSNA), a partnership between Havering Council and Clinic Commissioning Group.
Cllr Damian White, deputy leader of Havering Council, said: “This is an important report that outlines the issues that the council is likely to face as the borough’s population grows and develops.
“The years ahead are very exciting for Havering, and the council is looking at how it will embrace the changes that lie in the future.”
The report predicts a population increase of 13per cent from 245,974 to nearly 280,000 by 2030.
The growth will reverse a population fall of 6.3pc recorded between 1983 and 2002.
The increase in 0 to 17-year-olds has been attributed to families moving into the borough and a rise in births.
Cllr Meg Davis, cabinet member for children and learning, said: “Havering has seen an increase of 33pc in the number of births between 2002 and 2013.
“We can therefore be absolutely certain about the need for extra school places in the years to come, even without taking into account children who will be moving into the borough from elsewhere.
“Our plans to enlarge existing schools are well under way and will provide the extra capacity we need while maintaining our excellent educational reputation.”
Havering also has the oldest population in London, with a median age of 40.
The 65 and above age group is predicted to be the fastest growing reaching just over 58,050 between 2015 and 2030.
The aim of the report is to understand the health and wellbeing of local people and target services to need.
Cllr Wendy Brice-Thompson, cabinet member for adult services and health, said: “Havering is healthier than many other London Boroughs.
“But we do have some areas of concern, such as too many children and adults who are overweight or obese leading to an increase in Type 2 diabetes.
“We are working closely with our schools and NHS partners to tackle these issues, by providing advice and support and promoting greater use of our excellent parks and open spaces to increase physical activity.”