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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 £3.00.

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,8 February 2016.

The HRA Committee met on 8th February. 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 January were approved.
  • It was agreed to follow up communications with the police to establish the current position on community liaison.
  • The Committee endorsed the proposal for a social event on Friday 1st July. It will take the form of a tapas and paella evening at the Highfield House Hotel. With a small subsidy, the cost of a ticket should be in the range £15-17.50, with a cash bar. There will be a reduction for people who buy their tickets early. More details will be available in the Newsletter and on the website and tickets will be on sale at the AGM.
  • The Chair reported that he would be chairing a meeting of interested parties on 16th February to establish the degree of support for a consultative forum for the Common. He had written to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Southampton and the Leader of the City Council seeking a high level meeting about the implications of the University’s further expansion for the area.
  • It was reported that the Council were still pursuing the person who feeds rats on and near the Common with a view to issuing a Community Protection Notice if a final warning fails to have an effect.
  • The Committee discussed the arrangements for the AGM on 14th April. It was agreed to explore the possibility of including a hustings at which each of the main parties’ candidates at the forthcoming Council elections would be invited to say, succinctly, what they would do for the Ward. The Chair and Secretary will report back on this at the next meeting.
  •  Under membership, it was reported that there were 507 members on the database and 411 current paid-up members.
  •  A number of issues were raised under Planning. The Committee were gratified by the rejection of the appeal concerning 91 Welbeck Avenue. It was agreed to seek evidence of an HMO authorisation at 26 Highcrown Street. A further liaison meeting had been arranged with Sam Fox, the head of planning and development control. A number of enforcement issues would be taken up at that meeting.
  • The Committee noted the further extensive use of the website.
  • The Committee received reports on fly tipping and the replacement of the main CV cable in Portswood High Street, details of which are on the website. The Chair will ask Ward Councillors to follow up our concerns reference the surface of Brookvale Road.

The meeting closed at 8.30 pm.

 

  • 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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