A new study shows that parts of Abbots Langley are up there with the unhealthiest areas in the UK.
New research by the Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC) has produced the most detailed investigation into the features of neighbourhoods that impact health across the whole of Great Britain, and their interactive map shows some interesting findings for Abbots.
The map measures each area’s health on a scale of one to 10 – with one being the healthiest and 10 being the least.
The results are a culmination of 18 different factors, which include air quality, how many fast-food restaurants, pubs, gambling facilities and off licenses are nearby and how many GPs, dentists, hospitals and leisure services are accessible.
According CDRC’s interactive map, most of Abbots varies between five and seven on the map – but north Abbots is a startling nine out of 10, meaning it’s particularly unhealthy.
Looking at Abbots’ scores in different categories, it’s clear to see that its biggest problems lie in: access to off licences; for which it scored a 10 in the north region and nine elsewhere, access to pubs/bars and gambling, which were a nine up north, access to fast food (eight throughout Abbots) and poor air quality, which was also an eight throughout Abbots.
The village, according to the map, also lacks substantial green spaces.
There are several redeeming factors across Abbots – namely, residents’ access to GPs, dentists, pharmacies and leisure centres. Even in these factors, though, parts of Abbots seem to struggle.
For example, central and north Abbots residents have good access to pharmacies and dentists, but west of the village scored a nine, meaning it has poor access.
To see the full results and more in-depth explanations, go to data.cdrc.ac.uk/stories/ahah
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