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The Common is the heart of lungs of Southampton; some 330 acres of “open” space within the City providing recreational, sporting, and play facilities for City residents, as well as being an important walking and cycling route within the western half of the City. It means many different things to many different people.

Who we are: In February 2016, local resident associations adjacent to the Common and allied local groups with a historical interest in The Common to establish a community voice to represent all Common users. From that the Southampton Common Forum developed and was formally constituted in January 2017.

Our aim: To be a focal point for issues affecting The Common for everyone who uses, enjoys or appreciates it.

Our objectives:

1. To see that all those with an interest are informed of any issues that may affect The Common.

2. To give all those with an interest a means of influencing and contributing to those issues.

3. To work alongside Southampton City Council, to contribute towards the positive management of The Common

4. To raise awareness of The Common and its benefits to the City.

5. To take any other appropriate action consistent with the aim of the Forum.

A community voice: we can only succeed in these tasks  through wide engagement with all groups of Common users and understanding your needs and wishes. We can only do this if you, in turn, engage with us, helping us to develop management plans, to work with and lobby Council and to be involved in helping maintain the Common in partnership with Council to ensure that the Common is both protected for current and future generations and is managed to appropriately meet those needs. So please get involved, join us, follow us on facebook and participate in our meetings and activities (more).

“Your Common - Your Say”

2017 Common User Survey now LIVE

Our online survey of Common user’s opinions is now live. The survey runs until  until October. For the latest updates see here.

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Latest News

SCF  Open Meeting - our next open meeting will take place at 19.30 on 4th July at Richard Taunton Sixth Form College on Hill Lane. (More details  soon)

Playground - work has now started on the old paddling pool site to create the new children’s play area. More.

SCF Hawthorns Consultation Workshops. We  have been working in partnership with the Council to organise  two public discussion workshops to consider possible future options for the Hawthorns Urban Wildlife Centre. These took place at the Hawthorns itself  on 2nd and 4th May. Notes from the workshops will be available soon.

Government Consultation on free access to public parks. Government is consulting on proposed legislation to prevent Councils charging for parkrun  events in public parks.   The consultation runs until 5th July. It also seeks opinions on attitudes to charging for other activities. Take part here.

For more  News and Events see here.