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Cambridgeshire Insight OpenData

Welcome to Cambridgeshire Insight Open Data
Funded by the LGA Open data Breakthrough Fund

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01/18/2017 - 15:08

“Data is the new oil…” is a phrase often used by those in the industry to describe the vast, valuable and extremely powerful resource available to us. We generate an astronomical amount of data, in fact 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone according to IBM.

12/08/2016 - 15:11

Forecasting pupil rolls can be tricky business but getting it right can be sweet.

10/14/2016 - 17:50

It has been estimated that there were 257 deaths attributable to particulate air pollution in Cambridgeshire in 2010 and that over 5% of Cambridgeshire’s population mortality is attributed to air pollution (based on ambient levels of PM2.5). The percentage in Cambridge is 5.8% which equates to 47 deaths attributable to air pollution (

10/06/2016 - 15:00

What is Hate Crime? A hate crime is one which is “committed against someone because of their disability, gender-identity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation” (1). It covers a wide range of crime types including assault, harassment, and inciting others to commit hate crimes. Following the EU referendum on 23rd June, the Police experienced a 57% increase in national reporting of hate crime to their online reporting site between 23rd and 26th June compared to the same time 4 weeks before (2).

08/16/2016 - 11:09

Why is understanding fuel poverty important?

Every year, fuel poverty in the UK makes headlines, for example:

Cold homes caused 9,000 deaths last winter, study suggests

Number of households in fuel poverty rises to 2.38m

Fuel poverty is caused by a combination of fuel costs, poverty and inefficient housing stock, and can have a range of effects including:

Homes without foundations

Not all housing is the traditional "bricks and mortar" we tend to think of. There are lots of less permanent housing types, including

  • houseboats

  • caravans

  • park homes

Across our local area, a number of individuals and families live in "non traditional" accommodation.

Mobile structures, 2011

The 2011 Census showed the number of caravans, mobile homes, converted railway carriages and houseboats in each local authority area:

Cambridge: 83

East Cambridgeshire: 347

Fenland: 366

Forest Heath: 261

Huntingdonshire: 464

Peterborough: 470

South Cambridgeshire: 687

St Edmundsbury: 249

You can find the full definition here

You can find Census 2011 table KS401EW data here

Council Tax records on houseboats

Council Tax records were studied in 2015 and 2016, to show how many people had registered with their local council tax department, and lived in a houseboat.

This showed a total of 2,750 houseboat dwellers registered with Council Tax in 2015, and 2,800 in 2016 across England. In our local area, the records showed:

Cambridge had 60 in 2015 and 50 in 2016

East Cambridgeshire had 10 in 2015 and 10 in 2016

Fenland had less than 5 in 2015 and 2016

Huntingdonshire had 60 in 2015 and 50 in 2016

South Cambridgeshire had less than 5 in 2015 and 2016

Forest Heath had 10 in both 2016

St Edmundsbury had zero reported in 2015 and 2016

Peterborough had zero reported in 2015 and 2016

So across all districts listed, there were 140 houseboat dwellers registered with Council Tax in 2015 and 120 in 2016. This represents between 4 and 5% of the England total.

You can find the original data here:

You can find the houseboat data, and a map of marina and moorings across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and West Suffolk here

Cambridge City Council provides a more detailed map about moorings in the City area here:

.. and background about boat mooring here

You can find out more about Cambridge moorings by e-mailing

Park Homes

The area's Strategic Housing Market Assessment in 2009 looked into Park Homes, the relevant chapter "Rural Housing and Park Homes" can be found here

The data used was correct in 2007 so is quite dated now, but it does include a map of Park Homes sites across Cambridgeshire.

We plan to add more current data on Park Homes sites in future on Cambridgeshire Insight Open Data, alongside data on houseboats and other temporary housing in the area.

Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople; and Gypsy and Traveller sites

In 2016, several districts worked together to assess the level of use and need for Gypsy and Traveller accommodation, This work, carried out by ORS, includes identifying Gypsy and Traveller needs as well as identifying other people living on Gypsy and Traveller sites.

In summary, the survey found 14 households who meet the government's definition of Gypsies and Travellers, across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and West Suffolk. A further 434 households lived on the sites surveyed, but were ‘unknown’ households, meaning they may or may not meet the new definition of a Gypsy or Traveller. Some 195 households were surveyed who were living on these sites, but did not meet the new government definition.

The full report, which includes further detail about Travelling Showpeople, and about the provision needed for the households surveyed, can be found here