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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 Vice-Chair’s Blog of the HRA Committee Meeting of Monday 14 March 2016.

  • Matters arising: Police –  there has still been no response in our attempts to restore contact or communication.
  • Social Event: arrangements for the Paella Party on Fri 1st July at the HHH were confirmed and it was agreed there should be a modest subsidy towards the overall cost of the event.
  • Common Forum: the establishment of this was confirmed and follow up meetings have been arranged
  • University: a meeting has now been arranged with the new Chief operating Officer Ian Dunne
  • Brookvale Rd: information on this was still awaited and Cllr Claisse would be asked for an update.
  • Membership subs: it was unanimously agreed to recommend to the AGM an increase in annual subscription from the present £3.00 to £5.00 pa.
  • AGM: the format for the AGM was approved with an invitation to all 4 of the main political candidates for the Ward to be invited to speak for 5 minutes each.
  • Sub Comm Reports: Membership stood at over 500 households with 403 (?) currently paid up.
  • Planning: AV presented a report on current Applications and Appeals.  It was noted that 38 Grosvenor Rd had appealed and HRA would submit a response to PINS in the usual way.  It was not considered necessary to instruct Kings Chambers on this occasion.  He also gave an outline of HRA’s proposed response to the Council’s current consultation on the HMO SPD.  This is to be further discussed by the Planning Sub Comm.
  • Website: in the absence of Nadine, our Website Manager, it was agreed to fund a Laptop computer for the separate management of the email Dbase by Nadine. In appreciation of the work of Ross, Webmaster, it was agreed to make him an honorary HRA member.
  • AOB: JG mentioned there would be a University UK’s conference in Durham on the 20th July to discuss the problems in communities of Studentification and members of RA’s and community groups were invited to attend.  Details will be circulated when available.
  • SCAPPS: Graham Lineker gave a comprehensive report on the outstanding issues on The Common and Lovers Walk in particular.  It was agreed the £700 budgeted for work on the northern end of LW could be spent on clearing recent damage and fallen trees and debris on the Little Common, in the absence of being able to make any meaningful impact on LW north due to the amount of work required.  GL raised a particular concern re the University’s Planning Application for Salisbury Rd which included a proposal for ‘stopping up’ the end of Salisbury Rd.  It was unanimously agreed this would be vigorously opposed to retain  the public’s automatic right of access of thoroughfare.  It is important this is closely monitored in case it might slip through unnoticed.  John Bradshaw raised the issue of the replacement for The Common Children’s Paddling Pool/Playground consultation is 19 March and 23 April at The Hawthorns, 10am to 2pm
  • Reserved business: Headley presented the Annual Accounts which were unanimously approved for presentation to the AGM.
  • The meeting closed at 8.55 PM

Jerry Gillen, Vice-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
See all past photos in our Gallery page

 

 

 

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