The area around the Cambridge Road Estate in Norbiton Ward is the most deprived area in Kingston according to new figures released by the government. 

The area covers Burritt Road, Washington Road, Excelsior Close, Vincent Road and Eureka Road.

The Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) is the official measure of relative deprivation in England and is produced by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. 

It looks at a wide range of an individual’s living conditions, involving 39 separate indicators across seven categories – income, employment, education, health, crime, barriers to housing and services, and living environment. 

The IMD uses a scale of 1-10, with 1 being the most deprived and 10 being the least.

There were no areas in Kingston in the most deprived category, but the area around the Cambridge Road Estate was graded 2, in stark contrast to the rest of the borough.

There were 13 areas graded 10, which are in the least deprived 10 per cent of areas in the country. 

The north-eastern edge of Coombe Vale Ward was ranked the least deprived area in the borough, encompassing Coombe Hill Infants and Junior Schools, Burghley Avenue, Crown Road and Neville Avenue. 

A spokesperson for Kingston Council said: “Although generally positive for Kingston as a whole, the recent Index of Multiple Deprivation statistics show that the borough has areas that are relatively more deprived, which Kingston Council takes very seriously.

“Addressing the needs of socially excluded and disadvantaged communities is one of the three priorities of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy developed with partners on the Kingston Health and Wellbeing Board. Through that partnership we are delivering an action plan for our most disadvantaged communities and many local services are targeted towards people and communities with the highest need.

“The most deprived area in Kingston based on these recent statistics, Cambridge Road Estate, is also the focus of the borough’s largest regeneration programme. This aims to deliver approximately 2,000 new homes over the next 10-15 years, as well as more social housing, better community facilities, improved outdoor spaces and new jobs and training opportunities.

“We are working closely with residents and neighbours to shape the regeneration plans for the estate which will be put to a ballot of local residents in early 2020.”

The IMD is purely a place-based insight into deprivation and does not apply to every person living there. Many non-deprived people live in deprived areas, and many deprived people live in non-deprived areas.

All neighbourhoods in England are ranked according to their level of deprivation relative to that of other areas, so a neighbourhood ranked 100th is more deprived than a neighbourhood ranked 200th, but this does not mean it is twice as deprived.

What are the top three most deprived areas in Kingston?

Centre of Norbiton Ward including the Cambridge Road Estate, Burritt Road, Washington Road, Excelsior Close, Vincent Road and Eureka Road.

Western edge of Berrylands Ward including the Alpha Road Estate, Surbiton Hill Methodist Church, Howard Road and Hobill Walk

North-eastern corner of Beverley Ward including Springfield Place, California Road, Willow Road, Green Lane Recreation Ground and Potters Grove. 

What are the top three least deprived areas in Kingston?

North-east of Coombe Vale Ward including Coombe Hill Infants and Junior Schools, Burghley Avenue, Crown Road and Neville Avenue. 

Middle of Tudor Ward including The Tiffin Girls’s School, Wolsey Drive and Cardinal Avenue. 

South-east of Berrylands Ward including Christ Church, Church of England Primary School, King’s Drive, Queen’s Drive and Pine Walk.