Wednesday, 18 February 2009

How has Reigate and Banstead's population changed?

The total population of Reigate and Banstead has grown only slowly over the past quarter of a century, as can be seen in Office for National Statistics mid-year estimates set out below in both table and chart formats.

Population of Reigate and Banstead from 1981-2007
Date Male Female Total
1981 56,000 61,100 117,100
1982 56,000 60,800 116,900
1983 56,300 60,900 117,200
1984 56,500 61,300 117,800
1985 56,400 61,100 117,500
1986 56,200 60,900 117,100
1987 55,300 59,900 115,200
1988 55,300 59,900 115,200
1989 56,100 60,700 116,800
1990 56,700 60,900 117,600
1991 57,200 61,000 118,300
1992 57,500 61,200 118,700
1993 57,900 61,400 119,300
1994 57,900 61,200 119,200
1995 58,500 61,500 119,900
1996 59,100 61,800 120,900
1997 59,900 62,500 122,400
1998 60,200 62,500 122,600
1999 61,200 63,800 125,000
2000 61,600 63,900 125,500
2001 62,200 64,500 126,700
2002 61,600 64,400 126,000
2003 61,800 64,400 126,300
2004 62,300 65,100 127,400
2005 62,700 65,400 128,200
2006 63,400 66,400 129,800
2007 64,800 67,500 132,300



Who lives in Banstead? Part 1

People who live in Banstead Village are surprisingly representative typical of those who live in the borough as a whole, as the table below, taken from the 2001 census figures, shows.

In line with the picture for Reigate and Banstead as a whole, the people of Banstead Village ward are more likely than the national average to work in white-collar occupations, with relatively few engaged in manual work, either skilled or unskilled.

  Banstead Village (numbers) Banstead Village (%) Reigate and Banstead (%) Great Britain (%)
1 Managers and senior officials 737 20.3 20.2 14.9
2 Professional 511 14.1 13.2 11.2
3 Associate professional & technical 623 17.1 16.4 13.9
4 Administrative & secretarial 541 14.9 14.9 13.2
5 Skilled trades 332 9.1 9.3 11.8
6 Personal services 246 6.8 7.6 6.9
7 Sales and customer services 230 6.3 6.4 7.7
8 Process plant and machine operatives 148 4.1 4.4 8.7
9 Elementary occupations 265 7.3 7.7 11.8
Source: Census of Population (Table CAS033 - Sex and Occupation by Age)
Note: Figures are for working age by SOC 2000 major groups. Percentages are based on all persons in employment.

Who lives in Nork? Part 1

The following table, based on 2001 census figures, shows that people living in the Nork local government ward are rather more likely to be managers, professionals and administrators than the average for Surrey or Great Britain as a whole.

Employment by occupation 2001
 
Nork (numbers)
Nork (%)
Reigate and Banstead (%)
Great Britain (%)
1 Managers and senior officials
807
23.3
20.2
14.9
2 Professional
499
14.4
13.2
11.2
3 Associate professional & technical
605
17.5
16.4
13.9
4 Administrative & secretarial
562
16.2
14.9
13.2
5 Skilled trades
303
8.7
9.3
11.8
6 Personal services
199
5.7
7.6
6.9
7 Sales and customer services
221
6.4
6.4
7.7
8 Process plant and machine operatives
103
3.0
4.4
8.7
9 Elementary occupations
165
4.8
7.7
11.8
Source: Census of Population (Table CAS033 - Sex and Occupation by Age)
Note: Figures are for working age by SOC 2000 major groups. Percentages are based on all persons in employment. 

Sunday, 15 February 2009

Typical Banstead council tax set at £1,500

All three authorities that level council tax on us here in Banstead have now set their budgets for 2009-10.

  • Reigate and Banstead Council is raising its share by 4.9%;
  • Surrey Police are raising their share by 4.9%; and
  • Surrey County Council is raising its share by 2.9%.

This means the bill for a house in Band D this coming year will be somewhere in the region of £1,500.

Here's what Surrey County Council had to say about its budget decisions. I couldn't find a Reigate and Banstead Council announcement.

Waitrose reopens in Banstead

It’s great to see Waitrose back up and running after the fire. It’s now in the old Woolworths building on a temporary basis - less room, fewer lines on sale, but a good short-term measure.

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Speed cameras are good news for Banstead


speed_cameraThere are to be a number of new speed cameras in the area.

Although none are planned for Banstead, cameras will now be sited further down the A217 at Dovers Green Road in Reigate, and on Chessington Road at West Ewell.

There is a list of the new sites on the Surrey Safety Camera Partnership website.

Some motorists may whinge that it’s just another tax on drivers, but not me. I think it’s great news, and anyone who has seen the difference it made when the cameras were installed near the Banstead Crossroads after aparticularly nasty multiple death there caused by speeding drivers a couple of years back will agree.

Proof that this is not just wishful thinking can be found in the accident statistics. There were an average of 6.3 accidents a year in the three years before the cameras were installed, and just 0.7 a year since then.

In other words, 19 accidents in three years were cut to two accidents in three years. So, 17 accidents that didn’t happen, and several lives saved. It also makes life considerably easier for people taking their kids to Banstead’s junior and infant schools.

The camera outside Asda on Reigate Road at Burgh Heath hasn’t been quite as successful, but it still cut accidents from an average of 4.3 to 2.8 a year.

Incidentally, although Surrey County Council is responsible for the speed camera programme in the county, it doesn’t see the revenues from it, so it’s not a case of soaking unwary motorists.

The full stats and more can be found in the Surrey Safety Camera Partnership’s last annual report.

Saturday, 7 February 2009

Snowy Banstead on the BBC

Here’s a video filmed by Banstead’s Colin Edwards and shown on the BBC website.

 

Banstead on the Beeb.

Banstead on the Beeb.