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HRA Chair’s Blog of the HRA Committee Meeting of Monday 12th December 2016

The HRA Committee met on 12th December. This is a summary of the main points. The approved minutes will appear on the website in due course.

The Committee welcomed PCSO David Scott from the Hampshire Constabulary, and Jon Walsh from the University of Southampton.

The minutes of the meeting on 14th November were approved.

Under Matters Arising it was reported that the activities of the individual feeding rats and other vermin had extended beyond the immediate area. He was still subject to a Community Protection Order and any sightings should be reported on 101 and to the Council.

The Chair reported that following the previous meeting, the Vice Chair had written to the Police and to the Council about a number of issues in Portswood Broadway. David Scott said that the parking opposite the secondhand washing machine shop was a matter for the Council although the police were aware of it. The Police were aware of the nuisance caused by a small group outside Coffee#1 and action had been taken against them under the Public Spaces Protection legislation. In answer to a question, he confirmed that someone sitting while begging was still begging.

Jon Walsh reported on a number of University activities. The University was gearing itself up for the Winter Graduation. There were also a number of fireworks displays, details of which had been given to HRA. Planning restrictions in the form of Residents’ Parking would soon be introduced in Chamberlain Road. The Vice Chancellor would be inviting representatives of local residents’ associations to a lunch in the New Year. The Chair said that he had had a nice letter from the retiring Students Union Activities Coordinator for External Engagement, Emma Pruce, and said that he and the Secretary had thanked her for her efforts and had wished her well.

The Chair reported on a number of items concerning the Common. The new Forum would have its next meeting at Tauntons College on 17th January. The Association had objected to the University’s application to widen the steps onto the Common. This was on the basis of difficulties with the process but also with the substance, with aspects of the application clearly conflicting with local development policies. There was still no sign of the proposal to widen Lover’s Walk to create a cycle ‘super highway’. No response had been received to the Vice Chair’s request to the Council Chief Executive for an investigation of officers’ conduct in relation to the Little Common. Nor was the outcome of the Minor Projects bid yet known.

There was a vigorous discussion of the Council’s proposed Cycling Strategy. Some members thought that it should be supported and welcomed, others thought it a poor use of resources when there were so many problems with the existing cycle paths. The Chair undertook to send in a balanced response that would welcome the strategy in principle but point to a number of problems with its implementation.

It was reported that there were 508 members on the database, rolling membership and paid-up membership 387. There were no new planning applications but HRA had noted the handling of the application at 8 Westridge where a Lawful Development Certificate had been unaccountably issued and there was now a distinct prospect of an application for Judicial Review. Nadine Johnson and Jerry Gillen were commended on their efforts to attract and facilitate advertising on the website. Nadine reported that members could now obtain a 10% discount on food at the KohiNoor restaurant.

Under AOB the Chair said that content for the Spring Newsletter was still quite light. Committee members with potential copy should contact Caroline Knight. The question was raised as to what was happening with the former Blockbusters site and the Chair undertook to make inquiries.

The Chair wished everyone a happy Christmas and the meeting finished at 8.20 pm.

Vice-Chair’s Blog of the HRA Committee Meeting, Monday 14th November 2016

  • There was a smaller Committee attendance than usual this month although we were well supported by a number of members and a guest from Holly Hill, (apologies available from the Minutes)
  • University: was represented by Jon Walsh with some discussion about the University’s Salisbury Road application and Steps to Lovers Walk renewal, but as both matters are ongoing there was nothing to add for the time being.  The Vice-Chair read the Chairman’s statement in response to Sarah Watts’ clarification re the University’s intentions for the Salisbury Road application.
  • The Common: the V-C confirmed letters had gone to the Council from him re Officers conduct on maintenance of the Little Common in particular and the wider Common in general;  the Chair had sent a letter to the Leader of SCC re the Common Forum relating.
  • Common Forum: it was explained the meeting scheduled for this month had been cancelled as two potential members for the Committee had resigned until issues referred to above had been resolved.
  • Membership: remains strong at 508 households.  The Membership Secretary asked for authority to reorder membership cards and Highfield area maps.
  • Planning: there were a couple of current applications causing concern, one in the PRG area.  Concern was expressed at the Council’s decision to withdraw it’s objection for an HMO Appeal in Westridge Road.
  • Website: this Committee member was not present but the V-C said it was important to raise revenue from website advertising.  Pearsons and their financial arm had agreed to participate.
  • AOB: concerns were expressed at the apparent lack of Police and Council support for dealing with a number of anti-social behavioural issues in Portswood District Centre,  eg begging outside Waitrose and the bank; vagrants drinking and being a nuisance on the bench outside Coffee#1; permanent parking of vehicles and machines in the road outside the s/h domestic appliance shop; cycling on the pavement.  All these matters had been reported to both the Police and Council a number of times and we await action.
  • Reserved business: the Treasurer gave a report on the Association’s current finances but detailed discussion was held over until the Chairman was available.  Nevertheless it was accepted that further fund raising was required.
  • Date of next meeting: Monday 12th December to include Gluwein and Mince Pies!

Vice-Chair, Jerry Gillen

 

 

 


  • Christmas on Campus. Courtesy of Nadine Johnson, 02/12/16
  • Autumn colours in Crofton Close. Courtesy of Nadine Johnson, 08/11/16
  • Courtesy of Nuha Alsaeed, 14/10/16
    Highfield Campus ducks. Autumn is officially here!
  • Photo by Faye Spencer
    mallard ducks lined up in the sun on the Common, July 2016.
  • Photo by Alison Shelly, Sept/Oct 2016
  • HRA Summer Paella Party July 1st 2016!
  • HRA Summer Paella Party July 1st 2016!
  • HRA Summer Paella Party July 1st 2016!
  • HRA Summer Paella Party July 1st 2016!
  • HRA Summer Paella Party July 1st 2016!
  • HRA Summer Paella Party July 1st 2016!
  • HRA Summer Paella Party July 1st 2016!
  • HRA Summer Paella Party July 1st 2016!
  • HRA Summer Paella Party July 1st 2016!
  • HRA Summer Paella Party July 1st 2016!
  • HRA Summer Paella Party July 1st 2016!
  • Gill Morse - photo competition winner (2015)
    Leaving the Residents’ Gardens after playgroup in the Pavilion in 1984.
  • Roger Van Dyck - runner up in photo competition (2015)
    Uplands Housing Estate
  • Clare Jackson - Highly commended in 2015 photo competition
    Highfield Church
  • Roret Blue - Highly commended in photo competition (2015)
    A garden retreat in Highfield
  • Roret Blue - Highly commended in photo competition (2015)
    Sunrise over Highfield
  • Roret Blue - Highly commended in photo competition (2015)
    Portswood rec on a foggy day
  • John Nightingale (2015)
    Highfield
  • Gill Morse (2015)
    Blenheim Avenue 1984: The Morse family having fun in the snow
  • John Nightingale (2015)
    Residents Gardens
  • John Nightingale (2015)
    Highfield
  • John Nightingale (2015)
    Found in Highfield
  • John Nightingale (2015)
    Found in Highfield
  • John Nightingale (2015)
    Found in Highfield
  • Photo by Dr Gil Dekel, 2015
    Found on Southampton Common
  • Photo by Dr Gil Dekel, 2015
    Southampton Common
  • Photo by Alison Leslie (2015)
    Rooftop view from Blenheim Gdns to Welbeck Ave - so green!
  • Photo by John Nightingale (2015)
    Residents Garden Pavilion
  • Photo by John Nightingale (2015)
  • Roret Blue - Highly commended in photo competition (2015)
    A community at work (Seven Roads Group)
  • Roret Blue - Highly commended in photo competition (2015)
    Sunset over Highfield (church spire on left)
  • Photos taken of Highfield from Highfield Church Spire, Autumn 2014
  • Photo by Simon Hill (2013/2014)
    Winter openness outside the University's Avenue Campus
  • Who needs the Serengeti?
    Heron on The Common, January 2014, Simon Hill
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