A REPORT has revealed people in deprived parts of Crewe have a life expectancy of 10 years less than other borough residents.
A new Community Strategy, organised by the multi-agency Crewe and Nantwich Borough Forum, aims to provide a blueprint for the area's future.
Its reports shows Crewe and Nantwich's major failing is in health and the project aims to boost the quality of health to the national average.
Indicators show that the overall level of health in the borough is 8% less than the national average and the amount spent per person is the lowest in Cheshire.
There are also major differences in health across the borough, with the lowest levels in the inner wards of Crewe town centre including Maw Green.
The report stated: 'The difference in average life expectancy between the worst and the best ward is 10 years.'
Other problems include a high level of coronary heart disease, deaths as a result of strokes and high levels of smoking.
Teenage pregnancy rates are particularly high in Crewe and deaths from road accidents are two thirds higher than the national average.
The Community Strategy aims to reduce smoking, encourage regular exercise and reduce alcohol and substance abuse.
The report, looking at the pros and cons of life in the area, follows a questionnaire of 1,200 residents, asking them to pinpoint the borough's key needs.
Health and well-being was voted as the most vital priority by 92% with jobs coming second.
In the survey nine out of 10 people said they liked living in the area, but were concerned about litter and a lack of things to do for young people. The report also states that compared with Nantwich, 'Crewe town centre has a less engaging personality and there is little to encourage users to dwell once their shopping is finished'.