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West Itchen

 

 

West Itchen is an area of inner-city Southampton including Chapel, St Mary’s, Newtown, Nicholstown, Kingsland, Holyrood, Northam, and Lower Bevois Valley. The area is surrounded by main roads and a river which creates the sense of an inner community within Southampton’s city centre.

 

The West Itchen area is predominantly residential but also includes significant employment areas along the River Itchen in Northam and in Empress Road.  (Click on the map below to see an enlarged image.)

 

The facilities of the city centre are conveniently on the doorstep and some lie within the area itself such as St Mary’s Stadium (home of Southampton FC), the Royal South Hants Hospital and City College.

The area has:

  • Approximately 19,500 people living in 7,500 homes
  • A significant proportion of students and other young single people, often living in Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)
  • A cosmopolitan flavour – it has long been attractive to new communities with over 40 different languages being spoken. Approximately 25% of the population are from Black and Ethnic Minority communities
  • The majority of faith buildings, the main ones being for Christians, Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus
  • Southampton is home to the largest Polish community and is a magnet for new communities who have settled in this area in recent years include Afghans, Somalis and people from Eastern Europe
  • The area has 4 main areas of social housing owned by the City Council at Northam, Holyrood, Kingsland and the Golden Grove area of St Mary’s
  • Unemployment is significantly above the city average, a particular issue for Black Caribbean and other Black groups, as statistics show they are more likely to be unemployed
  • Only 24% of pupils living in the neighbourhoods taking GCSEs in 2004 achieved 5+ grades at level C and above
  • There is a shortage of activities and facilities for children and young people. Residents feel that the lack of a secondary school in the area prevents some pupils from attending after school clubs and works against community cohesion
  • A high mortality rate for circulation disease and cancer and a high number of people who are permanently sick / disabled, high rates of low birth weight babies, and high under 18 conception rates

Read more about how West Itchen Community Trust is supporting our community on our Communities and Business pages.

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Events

Itchen Sixth Form College Information Evening

7pm – 8.30pm Wednesday 10 July at Middle Rd, Bitterne SO19 7TB. More information on www.itchen.ac.uk

July 10, 2019

 

Let’s Ride returns to Southampton

British Cycling’s traffic-free cycling festival – HSBC UK Let’s Ride Southampton – is returning to Southampton on Sunday 21 July.

July 21, 2019

 

1st Unity Cricket Festival

This is a free festival aimed at the whole family. It will be a fun day of cricket tournaments, which will include adult matches, young people/kids matches and senior walking cricket matches.

July 28, 2019

 

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