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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 joined forces 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; ensuring that the Common is both protected for current and future generations and 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”

LATEST NEWS - Strategic Plan for The Common adopted by Council  

The Southampton Common Forum is delighted to announce that the  new Strategic Plan for The Common  was formally adopted by Council in December 2018 and launched at our February 2019 Open Public Meeting. The final draft incorporated feedback from both SCF’s “early view” consultation exercise and Council’s own public engagement exercise and provides a bold and exciting vision for the future of The Common.

NEW: Green Travel and Safety Working Group Report.
The first of SCF’s “hot topic” working groups, researching priorities from our 2017  Common User survey has published its report. Read it here.

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Other  News

February 2019 Public Open Meeting
Our most recent  public open meeting was held on  Tuesday 26th Feb. 2019 Find out more here.

2017 Common User Survey

Our online survey of Common user’s opinions has now been published. For the latest updates see here.

For more  News and Events see here.