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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.

Latest News

Unity 101 FC win City of Southampton Sunday football league title

Unity 101 FC is made of a squad of 25 players from all walks of life, showcasing unity off and on the pitch to play this beautiful game. Congratulations!

April 18, 2018

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ABP Marathon, Half and 10k – Road closures around the city

The ABP Southampton Marathon will be taking place on Sunday 22nd April and there is also a Half Marathon, 10k and children’s races. In the previous 3 years, the events have raised over £750,000 for local charities, many of which are based locally in Southampton.

April 16, 2018

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Events

We March On: Southampton Football Club, Then and Now

10am-5pm 29 March – 28 October – Monday – Sunday at Sea City Museum, Havelock Rd, Southampton SO14 7FY / Admission fee to venue applies. This major exhibition about the Saints will explore the club’s rich history and how it operates today to meet the challenges of Premier League Football. For more information call 023 8083 4536 or visit their website.

April 23, 2018

 

‘The work of HICAP’ at Southampton Women’s Forum coffee morning

10am – 12noon Tuesday at Ropewalk Centre, 53 Derby Road, Southampton SO14 0DJ. Speakers from the Housing & Isolated Communities Advocacy Project will talk about domestic abuse, who can suffer from it, the importance of asking for help and services available for men and women in Southampton southampton.womens.forum@gmail.com

April 24, 2018

 

St. Denys Activity Group – AGM

11am – 2.30pm Thursday at 65 Priory Road, SO17 2JQ The group would like to invite you to join them at their Annual General Meeting to celebrate their achievements. Refreshments and light lunch will be provided. For more information please call 073 9987 7141

April 26, 2018

 

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