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Useful background information to Big Local and Big Kirk Hallam

Big Local programme information

Big Local has just produced a new red leaflet called What’s Big Local all about? It is short and sweet. It describes what Big Local does and does not do. It gives the outcomes it aims to achieve with local residents in charge and it gives an update about what has been happening across all 150 areas where Big Local is happening in England.

The leaflet is attached and you can see it here as well:

We have 200 hard copies, so please look out for one if you are interested.


Big Kirk Hallam profile

To make sure our Big Local plan to spend the £1m is rooted in our local realities, we have researched and put together a report which we call our Profile. This brings together stories about Kirk Hallam, stats and the community conversation, leading to our shared vision, 4 main themes and emerging priorities for action. Below is the brief summary of our Profile. You can download the full document as well.

One local professional said: “This is brilliant. We have never had all the information in one place and presented so clearly. Thank you.” We hope you too find it interesting and useful.

A short summary

Stories: a look back in time

The industrial revolution in the 18th and 19th centuries made Kirk Hallam what it is today. It used to be a sleepy little farming community with four farms and a church. The nearby collieries and Stanton iron works made the population swell. Kirk Hallam was annexed to Ilkeston in 1934. The population expanded dramatically in the 1950s and 1960s, as large housing developments were built. First, public sector housing was built in the 1950s by Ilkeston Corporation and local employer Stanton and Staveley. Then in the 1960s and 1970s a mix of public and private housing was developed. Today, around 6,000 people live in the area, which was historically agricultural. The population of Kirk Hallam has gone down since 2001, as people move to find employment after the closure of the big industries.

Stats: taking stock of the present

Kirk Hallam is a well-defined geographical area of about 6000 residents, with a clear identity, a sense of history and community spirit. There are about 2700 dwellings. There is a wide range of households with significant numbers with dependent children and of older residents. The population is predominantly white and born in the UK.

Local challenges, in order of statistical significance, are educational achievement, the living environment, health, crime and barriers to housing and services. Unemployment is slightly higher than the Borough rate and more acute in households with dependent children. Decline in large scale local employment has affected quality of life and living standards.

There are however some marked differences in life experience across the Ward’s four neighbourhoods. Residents in the north west enjoy significantly better outcomes than the other three areas. Health outcomes are worst in the north east of Kirk Hallam. Education achievement is poor, except in the north west where it is average. Levels of crime are roughly the same across the Ward, higher in the south side and lower on the north side. Barriers to housing and services are more acute on the east side of the Ward. The living environment is best in the south west and north east of Kirk Hallam.

The stats indicate many aspects of Kirk Hallam life and living standards which are comparable to the Borough, region and country as a whole. The overall neighbourhood rankings nonetheless show significant need across a number of indicators and that the level of need varies across the four neighbourhoods in Kirk Hallam.

Community conversation: looking at the future

Since our launch in December 2012, we have spoken with over 600 people of all ages and across all parts of Kirk Hallam through large events and small group meetings. We have had over 1000 responses to surveys and questionnaires. From this arose four themes and 16 areas for action. These were reviewed by residents at spring and summer events, leading to agreeing our vision and priorities.

Our vision

Our vision is to help make Kirk Hallam and even better place to live through fostering community spirit and increasing togetherness, improving the opportunities we have and the environment we live in.

Our themes and next steps

Our four themes that give us the framework for our priorities for action are: 1. Things to do and places to go; 2. Access and the environment; 3. Quality of life; 4, Education and training. Our next steps over the autumn and winter are to develop our first draft Big Local Plan based on our vision and themes arising from our community conversation.

Here is the full report

BKHcomm profile final Oct 13