Why Camp Hill?
Camp Hill is a large housing area in north west Nuneaton. The estate was originally built by the local authority in the 1950’s, along with a number of National Coal Board (NCB) houses.
The Coal Board houses were built to accommodate miners moving into the area to work in the then thriving nearby coalfields. A number of traditional owner-occupied properties were also built. Following the demise of the mining industry during the 1980’s the area fell into decline. Pockets of severe deprivation, economic activity, poor skill levels and poor quality housing fueled the need for regeneration. The infrastructure such as street patterns, shopping facilities and other local amenities were also in need of major improvement and investment. Despite the improvements seen since the onset of the regeneration Camp Hill still lags behind Borough and County averages with regard to statistics in areas such as unemployment, teenage conception and educational attainment. Some examples are as follows:
- Educational attainment – in terms of the percentage of pupils achieving 5 GCSE’s at grades A+ to C, Camp Hills results have dropped by 21% between 2012 and 2014. This compares favourably with the drop in County results which was 23% however Camp Hill remains 23% below the County achievement.
- Teenage pregnancy – after 5 years at the top, in 2013 Camp Hill has fallen from being the ward with the highest number of teenage conceptions in Warwickshire to the second highest.
- Unemployment rates – the number of out of work benefit claimants between 2013 and 2015 fell at a faster rate than Warwickshire’s for the same time period, a fall of 18% for Camp Hill compared with a fall of 17% for Warwickshire. However the Camp Hill claimant rate stands at 17.6 against a Warwickshire rate of 6.8
These statistics demonstrate both the significant improvements that have been made in Camp Hilll and work that still needs to be done.