Unhealthiest places to live in south east London revealed

Experts at the Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC) have analysed areas across south east London to expose the unhealthiest places in the region.

Specialists at CDRC investigated wellbeing by monitoring pollution levels in each London neighbourhood, as well as the amount of parks and recreational spaces.

The availability of health services, such as GP surgeries and pharmacies, and the number of takeaways, pubs and gambling shops was also taken into account.

An interactive map has now been created to display the findings, showing both the healthiest and unhealthiest areas based on the factors.

How does the map work?

The map tracks a CDRC’s health index – also known as Access to Healthy Assets and Hazards (AHAH).

It takes into consideration:

  • Retail environment (access to fast food outlets, pubs, off-licences, tobacconists, gambling outlets)
  • Health services (access to GPs, hospitals, pharmacies, dentists, leisure services)
  • Physical environment (Blue Space, Green Space – Active, Green Space – Passive)
  • Air quality (Nitrogen Dioxide, Particulate Matter 10, Sulphur Dioxide).

Each of these factors is tracked and provides an overall AHAH score for that area.

The lower the school the healthier the area is, it appears blue on the map.

The higher scores are represented with red and indicates the town is less healthy than its blue counterparts.

Areas are also ranked one to 10 – healthiest areas are given a rank of one while the unhealthiest regions are classed as a 10.

If you want to check out your area in more detail you can view the whole map by clicking here.

Below is the ranking of the five unhealthiest areas in south east London, followed by the scores of the other major areas, including the healthiest:

Catford – 10

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Catford has a high concentration of red indicators (the worst performing decile) and other slightly healthier areas coming in at around 8/9 out of 10. 

This means the area is extremely unhealthy, with a majority high score of 10 out of 10, and is one of the worst areas in south east London. 

Catford records an overall AHAH score of 35.5, the highest on this list.

New Cross – 10

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New Cross, and most of Lewisham as you near central London, is ranked as one of the unhealthiest areas in the region, with nearly all areas in rank 9 or 10 on the index.

New Cross has an overall AHAH score of 34.5.

Greenwich (centre) – 10

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The areas surrounding Greenwich aren’t particularly high, but the centre, a popular tourist destination housing the Cutty Sark, Royal Greenwich Musuems and Greenwich Market, ranks very highly on the unhealthy scale.

The area has an overall AHAH score of 33.2.

Crayford – 10

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Moving over to Bexley, and Crayford is another area to score a 10 on the index.

The area is ranked highly for pollution and low in other key factors, and scores a AHAH score of 33.0.

Bexleyheath – 9

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Bexleyheath itself also makes the list, with hotspots such as the Boradway putting its AHAH score up to 32.9.

6. Brockley, 32.8 – 9

7. Penge, 32.6 – 9

8. Welling, 32.3 – 9

9. Woolwich, 33.2 – 9

10. Eltham, 31.9 – 9

Plus:

Lee, 31.2 – 9

Beckenham, 30.2 – 9

Erith, 28.8 – 9

Thamesmead, 26.5 – 8 

Mottingham, 25.0 – 8 

Downham 24.8 – 8

Chislehurst, 24.6 – 7

Sidcup, 24.5 – 7

Bromley, 24.4 – 7

Charlton, 23.3 – 7

New Eltham, 20.8 – 6

Foots Cray, 20.4 – 5

Bromley Common, 15.5 – 3

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