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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: 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 – 9 June 2015


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 Council about the infestation of rats on and near the northern end of the Common. We were encouraged by the Council’s determination to take effective action both against the rats and against the individual who has been feeding them. We expressed our strong support for these actions and asked for an update when one was available. We noted also that clearance of more areas of the Common would help against the rats as well as being desirable in its own right for many reasons.
  • The Committee noted the success of the new website linked to the email database. There had so far been nearly 2000 ‘hits’ with the great majority coming from new viewers. The printed Newsletter will continue as long as funds permit.
  • The committee agreed that we should write to protest at the proposed closure of the Portswood branch of  Lloyds Bank, following the loss of HSBC and Barclays.
  • The committee considered various planning matters. HRA’s comments on the appeal at 13, Grosvenor Road had been sent to the Inspector. Both HRA and Portswood Residents Gardens would be objecting to the proposed conversion of the garage at 7, Russell Place into a two-bedroom dwelling; we would also be investigating the status of 9, Russell Place. It was agreed to raise with the Council the (very) apparent overdevelopment of a house in Chamberlain Road to which a Lawful Development Certificate had been issued. The committee agreed to consider changes to the current HRA planning guidelines at the next meeting.
  • Jerry Gillen informed the committee of the valuable work of the  National Organisation of Residents Associations, of which HRA and many local associations were members.
  • Finally, Councillor Linda Norris, in her capacity as Mayor of Southampton, drew the committee’s attention to the Mayor’s charities and the programme of fundraising events, details of which will also be posted on the website.

Roger Brown, Chair HRA

  • Roret Blue - Highly commended in photo competition
  • Roret Blue - Highly commended in photo competition
    A community at work (Seven Roads Group)
  • Roger Van Dyck - runner up in photo competition
    Uplands Housing Estate
  • Gill Morse - photo competition winner
    Leaving the Residents’ Gardens after playgroup in the Pavilion in 1984.
  • Winter openness outside the University's Avenue Campus, photos by Simon Hill
  • Photos taken of Highfield from Highfield Church Spire, Autumn 2014
  • Photos taken of Highfield from Highfield Church Spire, Autumn 2014
  • Winter openness outside the University's Avenue Campus, photos by Simon Hill
  • Who needs the Serengeti?
    Heron on The Common, January 2014, Simon Hill
See all past photos in our Gallery page




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HRA Committee Bulletin – Monday 11 May 2015

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Chair's Blog/News Bulletins, News

Chair welcomed a number of Members and guests to the first meeting following the AGM. Matters arising – Website; is now operational. Nadine was unable to attend to give a further update.  Appreciation was given for the considerable work she has put in to the project and a presentation of flowers was arranged. Parking in Roselands Gardens; several members living in Roselands complained about illegal parking in their area, in spite of a two hour RPZ being in place.  Ward Councillors present at the meeting were asked to see if the Council could...

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