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Welcome to Highfield, a charming, leafy suburb 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: jill.baston@btinternet.com. Alternatively, just click on the ‘Contact Us’ leaf above.

For HRA Newsletters, Committee Members, Agendas, Minutes, Blogs, the Constitution and other Local & National Residents Associations, see below.

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HRA Vice-Chair’s Blog of the HRA Committee Meeting of 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

HRA Chair’s Blog of the HRA Committee Meeting of Monday 10th October

The HRA Committee met on 10th October. This is a summary of the main points. The approved minutes will appear on the website in due course.

The Committee welcomed Steven Hayes-Arter from Southampton City Council, Collet Cradock and Leanne Soal from the Hampshire Constabulary, and Sarah Watts from the University of Southampton.

The minutes of the meeting on 12th September were approved, with the exception of the substitution of the words ‘about the areas that should be kept open as agreed in the Action Plan’ for ‘that there should be a balance between wooded and open areas’ under the Little Common.

The Committee was updated on progress in countering the activities of the person who had been feeding rats and other vermin in and around Portswood, to the detriment not only of the locl community but also that of other local wildlife. Anyone seeing such activity should report it on 101 with details of the time, place and action witnessed (photos and film would be even better). The Committee was gratified to learn of the success of a rat-baiting exercise in Furzedown Road.

Sarah Watts reported on a number of University activities. Preparatory work had now commenced on the new Teaching and Learning building. There was a new initiative ‘Arts at the University of Southampton’ and it was agreed that it would be good if these and similar programmes could be advertised on the HRA website. A planning application to improve the steps onto the Common would be submitted shortly. Sarah confirmed that a statement of the University’s proposals for de-adopting Salisbury Road was in preparation and would be sent to HRA when it was ready.

The police representatives said that there had been a recent spate of motorcycle and cycle thefts. Action was being taken against beggars in Portswood Broadway, and anyone witnessing such behaviour should report it on 101 with as much detail as possible. Appropriate action was also being taken against pavement drinkers. Concerns about parking not only on double yellow lines but also on the pavement in front of shops were also raised.

The Committee discussed a number of items relating to the Common. The Chair reported that  the proposed consultative forum for the Common had had a successful meeting on 27th September. The main item had been a presentation and discussion of the Council’s responsibilities for the Common and how they were discharged. There had been general agreement on the need for a new plan, and this would be the main item at the next Forum meeting at Taunton’s College on 22nd November.

There had as yet been no response to the Chair’s letter to the Leader of the Council urging the abandonment of proposals for a widening of parts of Lover’s Walk. In the meantime, the Planning Department had declined to provide a landscape impact assessment even though the proposal would involve a doubling of the width of the path in some places.

HRA had been informed that the outcome of the Small Projects programme, which included three bids for work on the Common, would be known by Christmas.

A reply to the Vice Chair’s letter to the Council seeking information and assurance over the apparent overturning of the previous agreement that there should be a balance between wooded and other areas had only just been received. It was agreed that a robust response should be made.

Simon Hill drew the police representatives’ attention to the difficulty of making on-line reports of cyclist-pedestrian conflicts.

Under Reports, Nadine Johnson was commended for the regular updates to members on items on the website. There were currently about a thousand hits each month. It was agreed that we should try to generate revenue through adverts on the website and Jerry Gillen and Nadine would discuss this further.

Under planning and licensing, Councillor Claisse drew attention to a couple of new licensing applications that could further extend drinking hours following the precedent set in the case of Champagne Charlie’s.

Under AOB Jerry Gillen drew everyone’s attention to the forthcoming meeting of the North Southampton Community Forum at the Highfield House Hotel on 18th October at 7.30.

The meeting closed at 8.35 pm.

Chair, Roger Brown

 

 


  • 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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