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Welcome to Highfield, a charming, leafy suburb of the City of Southampton. Highfield is set in the middle of the University belt, steeped in academia, and flanked by Southampton Common on one side, and Portswood on the other.

The Highfield Residents’ Association is an active group of local residents and their families who seek to protect and preserve their environment and support their neighbours. We always welcome new members. You can join by clicking on the “Join us” leaf above and paying the annual subscription of £5.00.

If you wish to contact the HRA Secretary, you can email her on: hrasec@gmail.com. Alternatively, just click on the ‘Contact Us’ leaf above.

Follow the links immediately below for information on the HRA Committee, HRA news, the HRA Constitution and the HRA’s links to other “Local and National Residents Associations.”

 

HRA Chair’s Blog of the HRA Committee Meeting of Monday 9th May

The main issues discussed at the HRA Committee on 9th May were as follows:

  • The Committee welcomed Councillor John Savage to his first Committee meeting since his election as a Councillor for Portswood.
  • The minutes of the meeting on 14th March were approved with the clarification that Nadine Johnson is the Web Manager and Ross Gordon the Web Master.
  • Attempts were still being made to secure a regular police attendance at the Committee.
  • There had been considerable interest in tickets for the Paella Evening on 1st Although this was still some way away, it was agreed to issue a reminder to members later in the month to book early to avoid disappointment.
  • There was no news from the Council about the deteriorating surface of Brookvale Road but one member undertook to contact the MD of Balfour Beatty directly.
  • It was agreed that both the arrangements for the AGM and the content of the meeting, including the local election hustings, had been a great success, apart from the acoustics. The Vice-Chair will talk to the Hotel about a PA system.
  • Simon Hill reported on the current state of work to clear parts of the Common. The Carriage Drive between Highfield Avenue and the Underpass was now virtually closed. The application to widen Lover’s Walk was still current. The Committee received a report on the establishment of a Common Forum and endorsed the proposed terms of reference (a further report on this will be made shortly).
  • The Chair reported back on a meeting with the new Chief Operating Officer of the University of Southampton, Ian Dunn. This followed an approach from HRA to the University and the City Council together to consider the impact of the University’s continuing expansion. The University had stated that numbers would be stabilising but were not able to give a more precise indication of the likely numbers living and studying in the area at the present time. The University would continue to consult HRA and other local groupings about current developments but were not yet able to commit to a regular forum with the main local residents’ associations. The Committee agreed that in view of the importance of the University’s continuing impact on Highfield and Portswood, the Chair should write to Mr Dunn saying that it would like to have Liaison with the University as a standing item at future meetings, and inviting him or another senior colleague to attend regularly for this purpose.
  • The finances and membership numbers remain healthy.
  • There were a number of planning items. The Chair reported that his correspondence with the Council’s Solicitor had not so far disclosed a written account of the legal advice given to the Planning Panel in considering the Salisbury Road applications on 1st It was agreed that we should return to the charge.
  • Jill Baston had agreed to take over the planning coordination role previously discharged by Adrian Vinson.
  • Adrian reported on the outcome of the Cabinet’s decisions regarding the revised SPD on HMOs. It was agreed that in responding to a licensing application from Tramstop Bar at 186-188 Portswood Road we should be guided by the current position at the Mitre and Trago Lounge.
  • Nadine reported that there were now more than 9,000 hits on the website and more than 27,000 page views, so that there were a lot of new viewers. She said that the process of creating a new email database would probably take until the end of the month, and in the meantime further patience would be needed on the part of members. The Committee expressed its appreciation for the work
  • The Vice Chair raised a question about communications on the Council’s waste collection.
  • The next meeting will be on 13th

Roger Brown, Chair

 

 

  • 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)
    Sunset over Highfield (church spire on left)
  • Roret Blue - Highly commended in photo competition (2015)
    A community at work (Seven Roads Group)
  • 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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