Census: Thirty-somethings decline despite population increase

THE number of people in their 30s living in Crow country has fallen despite overall population increases in the last decade, new statistics have revealed this week.

The 2011 Census - compiled by the Office of National Statistics once every 10 years - was released on Monday with population increases recorded across the UK.

The number of 30-to-39-year-olds has fallen in North Herts, while in South Cambs there has been a decline in those aged between 30-34.

Those living to the age of 90 and beyond has gone up by 45 per cent in South Cambs and 38 per cent in North Herts, although only the latter district is above the national average.

In North Herts, the overall population has risen by more than 10,000 since 2001 to 127,000, while South Cambs has seen an increase of almost 19,000 in the same period and now has an estimated 148,800 residents.

Cllr Lynda Needham, leader of North Herts District Council, said the figures would help establish need in areas such as recycling, community amenities and parks and play areas.

She added: “The number of new homes needed in North Herts is similarly dependent on the growth in our population. We have recently consulted widely with the public on the future housing targets for the district over the next 20 years, and we now continue to consider the responses received, alongside looking at new data such as that from the Census.

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“Once that work is complete, there will be further opportunities for the public to comment on the proposed level of growth for North Hertfordshire and the sites which may need to be developed to deliver that growth.”

School places will also be stretched with the population increases and Herts County Council said it has noticed a rise in demand.

“In line with recent national trends recorded in the Census, we are seeing a significant increase in the demand for reception class places in parts of Hertfordshire and this is forecast to continue in some areas,” said Cllr Frances Button, cabinet member for education and skills.

“The county council considers it vital to ensure that there are sufficient places available for very young children as near as possible to their homes.

“There is more information on how we plan to meet the rising demand for school places and our methods for forecasting at www.hertsdirect.org/schoolplaces”

Other statistics compiled as part of the Census such as ethnicity and religion have not yet been revealed for individual authorities, although more figures will be released in November.