Thornhill, Hampshire

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Coordinates: 50°54′32″N 1°19′49″W / 50.9089°N 1.3304°W / 50.9089; -1.3304


About Thornhill

Thornhill is a suburb of Southampton, United Kingdom. Situated on the Eastern border of the City and bounded by three major roads; the area is effectively an island. According to the 2001 Census the population was 9,460. The under 16s represent 23.4% of the population, 5% more than the City figure of 18.2%; the over 65s represent 17.4%, again, higher than the city average of 14.5%.out


In 1954 the boundaries of Southampton were extended to include Millbrook, Redbridge, Harefield and part of Thornhill. Thornhill was a small estate of private homes, which was massively expanded in the 1960s by the building of council properties. A large proportion of the occupiers of the original houses are retired accounting for the previously mentioned higher than normal numbers. After the introduction of The right to buy scheme in the late 1980s, a considerable number of the council properties were purchased from the City Council. Owner-occupiers represent 43.9% of properties according to the 2001 census compared to 47.5% local authority tenure. The remainder are made up of Housing Association and privately rented homes.[1]

Thornhill Today

The Community

Recognised as an area of social deprivation, Thornhill is one of 39 areas around the country chosen in 1999 for the New Deal for Communities [2]. This is controlled by a board of 12 local residents and 8 representatives of relevant agencies (Police, Primary Health Care, City Council, Chamber of Commerce etc) and is now known as Thornhill Plus You (TPY) which has almost £50 Million pounds to invest in the area over a 10 year period which commenced in 2000. This is being spent on a large number of diverse projects which are detailed on the TPY website.

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