The Alton and Putney Vale (Roehampton) Health Profile

Executive Summary

The aim of the Alton and Putney Vale health profile is to provide a baseline analysis to support the assessment and evaluation of changes to health and wellbeing over the course of the regeneration programme; as well as to inform the development and targeting of community level interventions.


This profile draws on the lowest meaningful level of data available, to give the most representative picture of local health and wellbeing possible, using a range of local and national data sources. It draws on a greater breadth of indicators than previous work, to capture the wider influences on the health of the community.


The Alton and Putney Vale includes areas that are amongst the 20% most deprived neighbourhoods in England and amongst the 10% most deprived with respect to income and housing. The Alton has a younger adult population compared to Wandsworth, whereas Putney Vale is more similar to Wandsworth. There is good access to green space but there is a perception that green spaces do not necessarily promote social interaction or provide facilities for children or young people. Access to fresh fruit, vegetables and meat is variable across the area with some areas having limited access to supermarkets or convenience stores within a 1-mile radius. This may cause particular difficulties for residents with limited mobility, those without access to a car and lone-parent families with young children.

Access to takeaway food, which is generally higher in calories, sugar and salt than food prepared at home, is also variable. When assessed against national Public Transport Accessibility criteria, the majority of areas on the Alton and Putney Vale are considered to have average access to public transport, although in some areas nearly half of residents have poor access. Levels of crime vary between areas within the Alton and Putney Vale. Compared with the rest of Wandsworth, rates of crime tend to be similar or higher, although compared to other estates, rates of some crimes are lower.

 Start Well

Young people surveyed in the Alton and Putney Vale area report feeling safe in the places that they live and socialise, however crime figures show that they are more likely to be victims of crime than in other areas. Young people have access to youth and sports clubs on the estate but limited access to other social opportunities in the immediate area. A large proportion live in poverty and many live in lone-parent households, often where the parent is not in employment. The health of children and young people varies across the different parts of the estate with respect to things like vaccination coverage and emergency admissions to hospital.

Childhood obesity appears to be going down, but there is still work to be done to bring levels in line with the Wandsworth average. How well young people do at school varies depending on the school that they attend, and whether they are from a deprived background, but some children do better than their peers, despite living in areas of greater deprivation. The most common languages spoken by children living in the Alton and attending Wandsworth schools are the same as those for Wandsworth. However, there is a lower proportion who speak English as a first language and higher proportions of Urdu, Somali, Polish and Arabic.

 Live Well

The average life expectancy of men and women living in the Alton and Putney Vale area is lower than the Wandsworth average and both men and women spend fewer years in good health. The health of the adult population tends to be poorer than the Wandsworth average, although it is often better than the National average. There are more people registered with learning disabilities and serious mental health conditions living in the area than in other areas in Wandsworth. More than half of the housing on the Alton is social housing. Nearly 30% of households on the Alton are overcrowded and a high number have 6 or more occupants. Residents are more likely to be long-term unemployed across the Alton and Putney Vale than for Wandsworth generally.

 Age Well 

There are around 900 older people living on the Alton and in Putney Vale, and many of them live alone. Nearly a quarter of the households where an older person lives alone are part of sheltered housing schemes. Whilst the housing stock has a low level of falls hazards, there are more emergency admissions to hospital for hip fractures than should be seen given the age-profile of the area, and also higher levels of dementia. It is likely that the poorer health seen in the adult population persists into older age, contributing to these poor outcomes amongst older people, as well as to shorter life expectancy.

Read the full document: Roehampton Health Profile 2018

The Alton and Putney Vale and the Lennox (Roehampton) Community Capacity Report

The aim of the Alton, Putney Vale and Lennox community capacity report is to provide an overview of some of the communities that exist within these localities as well as local organisations and groups to assess current levels of community capacity and cohesion. There have been significant changes in the three areas over recent decades some that have been positive and others that have been negative in nature. How the communities develop and work together to maximise a sustainable, strong and cohesive locality will be a key driver in enabling and exploiting opportunities in the future, this includes the regeneration programme in Roehampton.

Read the full document: Roehampton Community Capacity Report 2018