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WESTMINSTER BUCKS TREND AS THOUSANDS FLOCK TO LIVE IN HEART OF LONDON

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Figures released by the Office of National Statistics show that the population ...
Figures released by the Office of National Statistics show that the population

of the City of Westminster continues to grow at a faster rate than any other

borough in England or Wales. And all this despite a general exodus from the rest of

the capital (see LGCnet).

The most recent figures released, known as the mid year estimate, show the

population of Westminster stands at 244,597 and increase of 12,996 of 5.6% on

the previous years figures.

The population of Westminster has been growing consistently since 1996 however

the 5.6% figure is the largest increase yet. It compares to a national average of

0.5% and a Greater London average 1.2%

Kit Malthouse, deputy leader of Westminster City Council said:

'The growth in population which Westminster has experienced in recent years

continues apace with these latest figures. They show that there continues to be a

magnetic attraction to those who wish to live at the heart of the world's greatest

city.

'At city hall we are committed to maintaining a real living community in the heart of our city. It is this vibrant community with all sorts of different people living cheek by jowl, which is fundamental to the very fabric of our capital.

'These latest figures underline the wisdom of our current policies to manage the

city. In particular it is clear that we must continue to modulate the growth of the

night-time economy. A strong business sector at the heart of the city is vital.

However this must not be allowed to encroach unreasonably on the lives of the

people who live there.

'We welcome the continued growth in population and will continue to work to

maintain a healthy sustainable balance between all those who work, live in and visit Westminster

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