About Us

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 £3.00.

If you wish to contact the HRA Secretary, you can email her on: 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.”


A Message from the Chair…

Chair’s Blog – 13 July 2015

At the HRA Committee on 13 July 2015, the Committee welcomed the new Vice President for Engagement at the University Students Union, Hannah Talbot, and look forward to working with her.

It was reported that the Council will shortly begin a major programme of baiting the rats in and near the Little Common. Officers are continuing to collect evidence of the behaviour of the resident who is feeding the rats, but further evidence in the form of photos, sightings etc will be helpful. It should be sent to

The Committee discussed and agreed some changes to our Planning and Licensing Guidelines. These will appear on the website shortly. There was then a discussion of the proposal by Orchard Homes to build accommodation for 400-plus students at 224 Portswood Road adjacent to the Sainsburys store. It was agreed that we should oppose this on the basis that there is already sufficient student accommodation in the area and that the real need is for affordable family housing, as formed part of the original plans for the site.

There was an initial discussion about the Council’s proposals to widen parts of Lover’s Walk to improve conditions for cyclists. It was agreed to consult members once more information was available about the likely timescale.

We also agreed to write a letter of complaint to the Council about the excessive noise from the rock concert on the Common on 5th July.

Finally, our long serving, and long suffering, Treasurer, Headley Rossell, will be stepping down at the end of the year. We very much hope to find a successor from amongst our membership. If you might be interested in taking on this role, or can think of anyone who might be, would you please contact the Secretary, Jill Baston. Accountancy qualifications are helpful but not necessary.


Roger Brown, Chair HRA

  • Photo by Alison Leslie (2015)
    Rooftop view from Blenheim Gdns to Welbeck Ave - so green!
  • Photo by Clare Jackson (2015)
    Highfield Church
  • 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)
  • Roger Van Dyck - runner up in photo competition (2015)
    Uplands Housing Estate
  • Gill Morse - photo competition winner (2015)
    Leaving the Residents’ Gardens after playgroup in the Pavilion in 1984.
  • Photo by Simon Hill (2013/2014)
    Winter openness outside the University's Avenue Campus
  • Photos taken of Highfield from Highfield Church Spire, Autumn 2014
  • 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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Chair’s Blog – 9 June 2015

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 in Chair's Blog/News Bulletins

  The HRA Committee met on 8th June. This is a summary of the main points. The approved minutes will appear on the website in due course. The minutes of the  meeting on 11th May were approved. Under Matters Arising, it was noted that there was insufficient support from residents of Roselands Gardens for a change to a one hour limited waiting parking provision. The committee agreed to co-opt Adrian Vinson to look after planning issues and Steven Johnston to handle environmental liaison. The committee received a report from the City...

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