The following map depicts wards in Essex of high deprivation within Essex County Council’s priority places. These priority places have been identified as areas of focus under ECC’s new “Levelling Up Essex” strategy.

Under this strategy, the priority places identified are:

  1. Tendring
  2. Basildon Housing Estates
  3. Colchester Housing Estates
  4. Harlow
  5. Rural Braintree
  6. Canvey Island

Wards in IMD Deciles 1-4 (high deprivation) are highlighted on the map below in shades of red. A darker shade of red implies higher level of deprivation (1 – being most deprived) and a lighter shade implies lower level of deprivation (4 – being relatively less deprived).


Key statistics about deprivation and inactivity in Essex

LDP inactivity deprivation updated figures imd 2019 Essex-wide

data & Insight Colchester

Tendring Deprivation by ward

Basildon Deprivation by ward

Physical activity interactive dashboard

The LDP Physical Activity Dashboard was developed by the Essex Centre for Data & Analytics (ecda) using a wide range of data provided by Sport England. This dashboard allows us to profile Essex communities to identify likely physical activity and inactivity levels, and to identify the possible key drivers of inactivity at LSOA level. This information provides a springboard for further research; actionable insight enabling ELDP and Active Essex to deploy targeted resources to communities most in need; and an evidence-base to inform commissioning decisions, intervention development and implementation. The dashboard is now live on the Essex Open Data website which can be found using the link below. You will also find additional materials such as the training and user guide here.

Active Essex
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Activity Finder

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