Part of: Community Area Profiles

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Our local needs assessment contains a number of issues which are of relevance to the Keynsham Area:

Related to: Green Infrastructure and Spaces, Water Safety, Air Quality, Physical Activity,Healthy Weight, GP Practice Population, Pharmacies, Unintentional Injuries, Stroke, Contraception, Child Poverty, Out of Work Benefits, Night Time Economy, Police Assessments, Domestic Abuse Characteristics, Hate Crime and Hate Incidents

Key Facts:

  • The Keynsham Area has a usual resident population* of about 24,692.
  • Higher proportions of people aged 65 years and over than the B&NES and England & Wales averages.
  • Lower proportions of unemployed people than the England & Wales average.
  • Four out of the six wards in the Keynsham Area  have higher proportions of people with no qualifications than the B&NES average.
  • Higher proportions of people with a limiting long-term illness than the B&NES average.
  • All except one ward in the Keynsham Area have higher proportions of carers than the B&NES and the England & Wales averages.
  • Lower proportions of privately rented housing than the B&NES and England & Wales averages.
  • Lower proportions of people using public transport to get to work than the England & Wales average.
  • Keynsham North and Keynsham South are the only two wards with higher recorded crime rates than the B&NES average. 

A usual resident* - is anyone who, on census day, had stayed or intended to stay in the area for a period of 12 months or more, or had a permanent address the area and was outside it, but intended to be outside for less than 12 months. School children and students in full-time education studying away from their family home are treated as usually resident at their term-time address.1 

The Keynsham Area

Keynsham Area consists of seven electoral wards; one town and seven parishes, 2 3 and has a usual resident population of about 24,692. 4 It lies to the north of Bath and North East Somerset, and has strong links to both Bristol and Bath. The largest of the areas, Keynsham, is a market town, which serves a number of the nearby villages. One of its key features is that the physical geography is influenced by the two rivers, Avon and Chew, which converge to the north of the town. Historically the rivers were used as a transport corridor, now the A4 from Bath to Bristol provides the principle vehicular route for the area. 5

Figure 1: Community areas map with parishes

The Keynsham Area is made up of the following wards and parishes:

Wards

Parishes

Keynsham North

Keynsham

Keysham South

Compton Dando

Keynsham East

Chelwood

Farmborough

Farmborough

Publow and Whitchurch

Marksbury

Saltford

Saltford

Corston

Whitchurch

What does the data say?

Census 2011 6

Data from the 2011 census has been analysed at ward level for the Keynsham Area.

To view interactive charts for each census data theme, please use the drop-down selector box below;

Link to Tableau web-page hosting the Keynsham Area census graphs

Age and ethnicity

Child population (0-15 years) – Keynsham North (18.34%) and Keynsham South (17.95%) were the only wards in 2011 which had a greater proportion of children than the B&NES average (16.80%). However, the proportions of children in both wards were still below the England & Wales average (18.87%).

Older and much older people population (65 years and over) All the wards in the Keynsham Area had higher proportions of people aged 65 years and over than the B&NES (18.08%) and England and Wales (16.45%) averages. With the highest proportions being in Saltford (25.73%), Keynsham East (25.09%), and Keynsham South (24.48%).

 

 

Main language is not English – Throughout the wards in the Keynsham Area the percentage of people whose main language was not English in 2011 (between 0.41-2%) was markedly below the average percentages in B&NES (4.34%) and England and Wales (7.74%).


Black and minority ethnic population – The proportion of black and minority ethnic people in 2011 was extremely low throughout the Keynsham Area wards (between 1.42 –3.11%). Even the ward with the highest proportion, Farmborough, had a lower percentage than the B&NES average (5.42%) and a much lower percentage than the England & Wales average (14.03%).


Economy


Self-employed population – In the Keynsham Area the proportion of self-employed people varied a great deal in 2011. Farmborough (16.80%) and Publow and Whitchurch (15.8%) had much higher percentages compared to Keynsham South (9.34%), Keynsham East (9.84%), and Keynsham North (10.32%), where self-employed people represent a lower proportion of the population than the B&NES average (10.96%).


Unemployed population (16-74 years) – The greatest proportion of unemployed people in the Keynsham Area in 2011 lived in:

  • Keynsham North (3.77%)
  • Keynsham South (3.36%) 
  • Keynsham East (2.87%).

These three wards were over the B&NES average (2.72%). However, all the wards had a lower proportion of unemployed people than the England & Wales average (4.38%). Saltford had the smallest proportion of unemployed people (1.57%).

Education

Full time students aged 18 and over (at term time address) – Throughout the Keynsham Area wards the proportions of full time students aged 18 and over in 2011 were below the B&NES (9.05%) and England & Wales (4.43%) averages. The lowest percentage was in Keynsham South (1.81%) and the highest in Publow and Whitchurch (2.55%).

High level of qualification – level 4+, equivalent to an undergraduate degree (16 years and over) – Among the wards in the Keynsham Area in 2011, the proportion of those with high qualifications varied greatly. The greatest proportion of these people lived in Saltford (37.96%), closely followed by Farmborough (36.07%). Both were higher than the B&NES (33.40%) and England & Wales (27.22%) averages. The wards with the lowest percentages were: Keynsham South (20.98%), Publow and Whitchurch (21.39%), and Keynsham North (24.10%), all were below the B&NES and England & Wales averages.

No Qualifications (16 years and over) –  Four out of the six wards in the Keynsham Area had higher proportions of people with no qualifications than the B&NES average (17.17%). With Keynsham South (27.10%) and Keynsham North (23.04%) also having higher proportions than the England & Wales average (22.66%). Keynsham East had the lowest proportion of people with no qualifications (15.03%).

Health and society

Limiting long term illness – In 2011 the proportion of the population with a limiting long-term illness was above the B&NES average (16.08%) in all of the wards in the Keynsham Area. However, just three wards had a greater proportion than the England & Wales average (17.92%):

  • Keynsham South (23.35%)
  • Keynsham North (18.72%)
  • Publow and Whitchurch (18.12%).

By contrast the smallest percentage was in Saltford (16.47%).

Lone parent households: with dependent children – The only wards in the Keynsham Area in 2011 that had a higher proportion of lone parent households with dependent children than the B&NES average (6.19%) were Keynsham South (7.80%), and Keynsham North (7.67%). However, all the wards had a lower proportion than the England & Wales average (7.94%). The wards with the lowest proportions were Publow and Whitchurch (2.75%) and Saltford (2.86%).

Carers – All except one ward (Keynsham South 7.12%) in the Keynsham Area in 2011 had a higher proportion of carers than the B&NES (9.99%) and the England & Wales (10.30%) averages. The highest proportion of carers was in Farmborough (14.25%), closely followed by Publow and Whitchurch (13.3%) and Saltford (13.2%).

Housing

Housing tenure – owned – Across the wards in the Keynsham Area the proportion of homeowners varied a lot. The wards Keynsham East (86.45%) and Saltford (85.36%) had the highest percentages, both over the B&NES (67.25%) and England & Wales (64.33%) averages. In contrast, Keynsham South (63.81%), had the lowest proportion, and one lower than the B&NES and England & Wales averages.

Housing tenure – privately rented – The proportion of privately rented housing in 2011 was very low across all the wards in the Keynsham Area, lower than the B&NES (16.93%) and England & Wales (16.69%) averages. The highest percentage was in Keynsham North (10.85%) and the lowest in Saltford (4.35%).

Housing tenure – socially rented – Throughout the Keynsham Area the proportion of socially rented houses varied a lot by ward. The highest percentages were in Keynsham South (25.83%) and Keynsham North (17.78%). These were the only wards to have higher proportions than the B&NES (14.44%) and England & Wales (17.63%) averages.  In contrast, Keynsham East had the lowest percentage of socially rented houses (4.17%).

Transport

No cars or vans in household – Among the wards in the Keynsham Area, in 2011 the proportion of households with no cars varied quite a lot. The only ward though with a proportion greater than the B&NES (21.98%) and England & Wales (25.63%) averages was Keynsham South (27.09%). The ward with the lowest proportion was Farmborough (7.33%).

People who travel to work by public transport – Possibly linked to the fact it was the ward with the smallest proportion of households without a car, Farmborough was also the ward with the lowest percentage of people who travelled to work by public transport in 2011 (5.63%). There were three wards with proportions greater than the B&NES average (10.19%):

  • Keynsham North (13.11%)
  • Keynsham South (11.25%)
  • Keynsham East (10.83%).

All the wards though had proportions lower than the England & Wales average (16.4%).

Socio-economic Inequality

There are pockets of deprivation in the area, particularly in Keynsham North and South Wards and Publow and Whitchurch. The growth in the population coupled with a rising ageing population and pockets of deprivation will place increasing pressures in the future on public services.7

3 wards fall within the most deprived 50% nationally8;

However, Farmborough and Keynsham East also fall withing the least deprvied 30% of areas nationally.

Crime data 2014 9

Recorded crime rates per 1,000 of the population for the Keynsham Area at ward level for January 2014 to December 2014.

To view interactive charts for each crime type, please use the drop-down selector box below;

Link to Tableau web-page hosting the Keynsham Area crime graphs.

Crime

All crime – The wards in the Keynsham Area with the highest overall recorded crime rates per 1,000 of the population in 2014 were Keynsham North (100.7 per 1,000) and Keynsham South (75.7 per 1,000). It is unsurprising that these wards had the highest rates because they cover Keynsham town centre. These were the only two wards to have a higher recorded crime rate than the B&NES average (67.87 per 1,000). The wards that had the lowest recorded crime rates were Saltford (24.72 per 1,000) and Farmborough (43.01 per 1,000).

ASB and public order offences – The highest rates of recorded ASB and public order offences in the Keynsham Area in 2014 were also in Keynsham North (48 per 1,000) and Keynsham South (39.12 per 1,000). Again, this will be linked to the fact that these cover the town centre. These two wards were the only ones that had higher rates of recorded ASB and public order offences than the B&NES average (31.42 per 1,000). Saltford was the ward with the lowest rate (6 per 1,000), followed by Publow and Whitchurch (11.47 per 1,000) and Farmborough (15.79 per 1,000).

Criminal damage and arson – As with the average rate in B&NES overall (5.82 per 1,000), rates of recorded criminal damage and arson were low throughout the wards in the Keynsham Area in 2014. The wards in the Keynsham Area with the highest rates of recorded criminal damage and arson per 1,000 of the population in 2014 were Publow and Whitchurch (9.01 per 1,000), followed by Keynsham North (7.15 per 1,000) and Keynsham South (6.85 per 1,000). These wards were the only ones with rates higher than the B&NES average (5.82 per 1,000). The lowest rate of recorded criminal damage and arson was in Saltford (1.44 per 1,000).

Drug crimes – The very low rates of recorded drug crimes throughout the Keynsham Area wards in 2014 reflects the very low B&NES average (1.91 per 1,000). There were only two wards in the Keynsham Area that were above the B&NES average, Keynsham East (2.74 per 1,000) and Publow and Whitchurch (2.05 per 1,000). There were no recorded drug crimes recorded in Farmborough in 2014.

Thefts, robberies and burglaries – The wards in the Keynsham Area with the highest rates of recorded thefts, robberies and burglaries per 1,000 of the population in 2014 were Keynsham North (24.28 per 1,000) and Keynsham East (18.81 per 1,000).These were the only two wards to have higher rates than the B&NES average (16.99 per 1,000). The lowest rates of thefts, robberies and burglaries were in Saltford (7.68 per 1,000) and Publow and Whitchurch (10.65 per 1,000).

Violence and sexual offences – The highest rates of recorded violence and sexual offences in the Keynsham Area in 2014 were in Keynsham North (13.36 per 1,000), closely followed by Keynsham South (11.54 per 1,000). Again, this will be linked to the fact that these cover the town centre. These two wards were the only ones that had higher rates of recorded violence and sexual offences of than the B&NES average (8.82 per 1,000). Saltford was the ward with the lowest rate (3.60 per 1,000) followed by Farmborough (3.95 per 1,000).

Local assets and services

Education

There are two secondary schools and nine primary schools that serve the area. Broadlands Secondary and Wellsway Secondary are now Academies. Wellsway Secondary school specialises in Sports and Science and accommodates a leisure centre that is available for wider community use. 10

Health and wellbeing

There is a Health centre in Keynsham and four other GP surgeries in Keynsham and Saltford. The smaller villages; Compton Dando, Marksbury, Farmborough and Corston are served by their neighbouring town or village, less than 2 miles away. 11 Keynsham area is served by the B&NES Clinical Commission Group (CCG) who are responsible for commissioning a range of local healthcare services for the area 12, with the exception of Whitchurch which comes under the responsibility of the Bristol CCG. 13

There are two leisure facilities in the area, one run by Wellsway School and the other by the local authority. 14 15

Community assets include church halls, village halls and community facilities across the area that vary in size and offer a range of activities and events for local people. 16Keynsham town centre has a newly built One Stop Shop which includes a library and access to a number of public sector partners, including the Council, Police and Curo. 17 In addition there is a library in Saltford and the mobile library service visits some of the smaller villages on a weekly basis.

Housing

Over the next 15 years the area will see a significant growth in its population with Keynsham receiving the largest increase of around 30%. Around 2,150 homes are planned to be built in Keynsham and a further 200 homes in Whitchurch.

The Core Strategy 18 makes provision for the larger villages outside the Green Belt to identify development sites to accommodate around 50 dwellings, with small villages outside the Green Belt with a more limited range of services/facilities identifying sites to accommodate around 10 to 15 dwellings within the plan period. For those villages within and ‘washed over’ by the Green Belt, new housing provision is limited to small scale infill development or limited affordable housing to meet local community needs.

Transport

Public transport provision for most of the Keynsham area is good with rail, bus, road and cycle networks connecting the main cities and further afield. 19 However the service available to the outlining villages is limited which means that some of the population is reliant on private transport. Keynsham Dial a Ride has seen an increase in its membership over the last five years particularly for health related appointments. The service also runs a number of social events for its members. 20 The main mode of transport to work is by car or van, travelling distances of between 5km and 10km to work.

Community engagement

There are a wide range of community and voluntary groups across the area providing a variety of opportunities and activities including:

  • historical societies
  • gardening clubs
  • allotments
  • litter picking
  • environment groups
  • lunch clubs
  • community resources and support and advice groups. 

There are also a number of community events organised throughout the year including music festivals, village fetes and Christmas events. 21 The Keynsham and Saltford Churches together have links within the community and take a role in local events. 22

Finances

A breakdown of how Council Tax is spent including the charges for the Police and Fire services, the Environment Agency levy for flood protection, and the Town & Parish Council precepts can be found at - Your Guide To local Council spending and Council Tax 2015 - 2016.

Surveys and Consultations

Health and wellbeing consultations and engagement events run by Bath and North Somerset Council in partnership with the Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group - http://www.yourcareyourway.org/get-involved  

West View and Severn Way Surgery (Keynsham) Patient survey - http://www.westviewsurgery.com/ppg.htm 

Temple House Health Centre patient survey (Keynsham, Saltford, Corston catchment area) - http://www.templehousesurgery.nhs.uk/Patient_Participation_Group.php 

Priorities defined by the Keynsham Area Forum 23

The Forum has identified a number of priorities that are of particular concern to the area which are set out below under eight common themes.  These are:-

Health and wellbeing

Ensure services are accessible and affordable particularly for those more vulnerable and isolated people in the community

Transport provision 

Improve the provision of public transport for access to work

Ensure provision for health related and reducing isolation and loneliness 

Children and young people

Improve the provision of facilities and services for young people

Developments and infrastructure

Ensure the impact of development maintains the identity of the town and villages and provide sufficient improvements to infrastructure such as schools, roads, traffic and health

Economic development and enterprise

Create more job opportunities and support those people seeking employment

Environmental, sustainability and climate change

Improve the air quality

Stronger communities

Ensure community assets are maintained and retained for future community use

Safer communities

Create a safe community by reducing the fear of crime and anti-social behaviour