The number of road injuries and deaths in Wealden is “significantly worse” than the England average, according to a health profile of the district.
The health of people in Wealden is generally better than the England average and deprivation is lower than average, however about 2,700 children live in poverty.
Other findings published include fallen mortality rates and a fall in the early death rate from heart disease and stroke, better than the England average.
In Year 6, 14.4% of children are classified as obese, better than the average for England. Levels of teenage pregnancy and GCSE attainment are better than the England average.
Also better than the England average are estimated levels of adult ‘healthy eating’ and physical activity and the rates of sexually transmitted infections, smoking related deaths and hospital stays for alcohol related harm.
But a red dot indicating a “significantly worse” performance than the England average stands out for road injuries and deaths. The report gives the figure of 120 per year in Wealden while the worst figure in England is 125.1.
Profiles have been generated by Public Health England for all counties, districts and boroughs in the country to provide a snapshot of the state of public health against a number of indicators.
Wealden councillors have been told that partners on the Safer Wealden Partnership continue to work hard to bring down the number of road injuries and deaths, with a mixture of targeted enforcement, engineering and educative approaches.