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YMCA Humber Newsletter September 2014

Welcome to the latest YMCA Humber newsletter

If you require any further information about any of the articles please contact Jonathan Byrne on 01472 693388

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A new start for East Marsh Involve

New committee elected to help change perceptions of Grimsby's East Marsh as national paper brands area country's worst place to live

UNITED: The new committee at East Marsh Involve. From left: Chris Taylor, chair John Harrison, Velinda Davis, Councillor John-Paul Howarth, treasurer Alun Taylor, Councillor Steve Beasant and David Reynolds.

UNITED: The new committee at East Marsh Involve. From left: Chris Taylor, chair John Harrison, Velinda Davis, Councillor John-Paul Howarth, treasurer Alun Taylor, Councillor Steve Beasant and David Reynolds IT'S a new dawn, it's a new day.

That's the message coming from East Marsh Involve after recent damning reports on the area.

As reported, the ward was branded the worst place to live in the UK by the Daily Telegraph and North East Lincolnshire Council's Annual Public Health report revealed life expectancy in the area is nine years lower than more affluent areas of the borough.

However, at the group's AGM a new committee was elected to help engage more residents in the fight to change perceptions of the area.

Newly-elected chairman John Harrison, 64, of Guildford Street, has lived in the ward since 1979.

Having previously served as chair for two years before standing down due to ill-health, the former RAF serviceman, said: "Over the next year we want to make things better for the residents and get more involvement from them. This forum is for them and, with the help of other agencies, we can make East Marsh a great place to live.

"What's been in the papers recently is just a press rally. We know what this area is really like."


What do you think about living in the East Marsh?

East Marsh is a great place to live says Steve Beasant

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           I WOULDN’T want to live anywhere else.”

That was the defiant response from East Marsh councillor Steve Beasant after the ward was ranked bottom of a national newspaper’s online table of the best places to live in England and Wales.

The area ranked 7,137th out of 7,137 places in the Daily Telegraph feature, well behind Immingham in 5,426th, Sidney Sussex in 5,504th, and Freshney in 4,427th.

The South ward, including Nunsthorpe, ranked 6,477th, and the West Marsh was ranked 6,684th.

There was better news for the Waltham area, which ranked 1,735th, and parts of the Wolds ward, which ranked 800th.

The best place to live was named as Test Valley in Hampshire.

The Daily Telegraph has ranked the areas using economic, health, and crime statistics – but these figures do not tell the whole story according to Ward Councillor Steve Beasant.

“I’m very positive about this area – it has not improved dramatically overnight but I think the green shoots are there,” he said.

“I love living on the East Marsh and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. I do report problems like fly-tipping, but I’m sure you get that in Kensington, Chelsea, and everywhere else.

“We have got a lot of assets here in the East Marsh; you’ve only got to have a look around. How many people can say they have docks on their doorstep, transport links, and things like the Central Hall?

“I know people knock us but we will stand up and fight back because as far as I’m concerned the vast majority of the people of the East Marsh are good, honest, salt of the earth people.”


Do you use concessonary travel?

N E Lincs Council want your views on proposed changes to concessionary travel on bus routes

Since April 2008 the council has provided free off-peak, local bus travel, to concessionary bus pass holders anywhere in England.

Currently pass holders are charged a 50p flat fare to travel before 9am between Monday and Friday. However, from Monday, 29 September, the council is looking to extend this until 9.30am for North East Lincolnshire concessionary pass holders. After 9.30am pass holders will continue to travel for free on locally registered bus services.

These changes will affect all concessionary bus pass holders, including senior citizens, disabled persons pass holders and companion pass holders.

If you would like to give your views on the proposed changes please contact the Council via:

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Online: www.nelincs.gov.uk
Phone: 01472 326290

The deadline for comments is Monday 8 September


Annual Health Report - food for thought

Revealed: Where the highest and lowest life expectancy is in North East Lincolnshire

PEOPLE living just three miles away from Grimsby’s East Marsh could live for up to nine years longer than those living in the ward.

That’s the finding of this year’s Annual Public Health Report, which revealed that at birth the average life expectancy for someone in the East Marsh is 74.

However, those living just over three miles away in Cleethorpes’ Haverstoe ward or just over four miles away in Humberston and New Waltham, could expect to live to an average of 83.

According to the latest figures published by Public Health England – which were released this month – life expectancy is 12.9 years lower for men and 7.9 years lower for women in the most deprived areas than in the least deprived.

PHE has also revealed the average life expectancy for a woman in North East Lincolnshire is 81.9, compared to a national average of 83. For men, the local average is 77.9, compared to the national average of 79.2.

This year’s Annual Public Health Report is the first to be produced since North East Lincolnshire Council took over responsibility for public health from the NHS in April last year.

In it, acting director of public health Geoffrey Barnes, said the “extremely wide variation” in life expectancy in the borough was one of the biggest challenges his team faced.

He added “stark geographic and socioeconomic health inequalities” remained an issue in North East Lincolnshire and it was this – and the associated differences in lifestyle this brings – that was the root cause.

According to a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) produced to look at how to tackle the issues highlighted, the East Marsh, West Marsh, South, Sidney Sussex and Heneage wards “repeatedly have the worst health outcomes”.

It states: “These are the most deprived wards in North East Lincolnshire, which confirms that deprivation is a determinant of health and these populations are experiencing higher levels of ill-health and premature mortality.”


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