Tony Brown, Chairman

Hilary Collins, Membership Secretary

This year I have the honour to be the chairman of The Southsea Association. Originally from Northumberland, I’ve lived in Southsea for more than thirty years and when I first came to live here, if someone asked me, ‘where do you live?’ I would reply, ‘Portsmouth.’ Within a year or two that changed, as I grew more aware of Southsea’s strong sense of identity, so that when asked the same question I answered emphatically, “Southsea!” Of course, I still do, but, as the years go by and I learn more and more about this unique town with all that it has to offer, it is said with an ever-increasing note of pride.

It is this distinct separateness that is so important to the people who live in Southsea, and we defend and preserve those things that are peculiar to Southsea and important to its people, guarding and promoting the interests of its residents and businesses and giving voice to their concerns. This, in a nutshell, is why The Southsea Association exists.

In order to raise awareness of what is going on in the town we have arranged a programme of public meetings to be held quarterly at St Jude’s Church in Kent Road. The council will be represented at each meeting which will have a main issue for discussion followed by questions from the floor. We have had two such meeting already and they have been received enthusiastically with very positive feedback. At the first meeting Councillor Ken Ellcome and City Officer Marc Griffin dealt with the issue of extending the Park and Ride scheme to bring people to Southsea in order to help local businesses. This was followed in November when Marc reported the progress of the Park and Ride recommendations and Coucillor Donna Jones, Leader of Portsmouth City Council outlined the plans for Southsea in the present economic climate. Councillors of all stripes attended. Our next meeting will be held in March and details will be posted here on our website.

I look forward to an interesting year ahead and invite you to join us in our endeavours to promote the interests of Southsea and its people.

Tony Brown

Admiral Sir Jonathon Band, Patron

The Southsea Association's patron is a long-standing resident of Southsea, Admiral Sir Jonathon Band, former First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff. His wife, Sarah, was for many years a teacher at Portsmouth High Scool for Girls, where Admiral Band is also a Governor. They married in 1979 and have two daughters.

1. Name - The name shall be "The Southsea Association."

2. Objectives - (a) To maintain and protect the amenities and character of Southsea. (b) To consider, advise and promote the future development and planning of Southsea. (c) To promote a neighbourhood spirit amongst the residents and friends of Southsea.

3. Membership - All those in sympathy with these aims shall be eligible for membership.

4. Subscription to the Association - A subscription shall be set from time to time by the AGM and shall become due and payable on 1st March each year. The subscription will cover all members of a household over the age of 18 years.

5. Members in arrears - Any  member twelve months in arrears in subscription or owing any other sum  to the association shall no longer be deemed a member.

6. Management - The Association shall be open to all and non political. It shall be managed by an Executive Committee consisting of a Chairman , Vice Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary and up to eight other members. In the first instance it shall be managed by a steering group who will be eligible for election at the first AGM which will take place in May 2011, by ballot if necessary. A quorum for a meeting of the Executive Committee must not be less than four including the Chairman or Vice Chairman.  At least seven days clear notice of all meetings must be given.  The Executive Committee shall continue to act notwithstanding any vacancy on the Committee and may temporarily fill any vacancy occurring between two elections. The outgoing Executive Committee shall prepare a report of its work and a balance sheet (made up to the last day in February each year) duly audited. This report and balance sheet will also be presented at the AGM. 

7. Accounts - The banking accounts of the Association shall be in the name of the Association and all withdrawals and cheques must be signed and authorised by any two from the Chairman, Secretary or Treasurer. The Executive Committee shall have the power to spend up to £500, additional to normal working expenses, on any one occasion. Two members shall be appointed as auditors for the purpose of auditing the balance sheet and such auditors shall be elected at the previous AGM. The Treasurer shall make a financial report at each meeting of the Executive Committee.

8. Annual General Meeting - The Annual General Meeting of the Association shall be held in the month of May and at least fourteen days notice in writing shall be given to members.

9. Extraordinary General Meetings - The Executive Committee may, wherever it will deem it advisable or expedient, and the Chairman shall, upon a requisition signed by not less than ten members, call an Extraordinary General Meeting. The quorum at such a meeting shall not be less than twenty five members and the notice convening any such EGM shall state the nature of the business to be transacted. Seven days notice in writing shall be given of this meeting to members.

10. Expulsion of members - The Executive Committee shall have the power to withdraw or refuse membership. Such a withdrawal or refusal must be ratified at an Ordinary General Meeting

11. Bye-Laws and Sub Committees  - The Executive Committee may make bye-laws not inconsistent with the Constitution. It may also delegate any portion of its powers and duties to sub committees. The Sub Committee need not be composed entirely of members of the Executive Committee and the Executive Committee has the power to co-opt any member of the association or any other person. A total of not more than three people can be co-opted at any one time. If delegation of power is made the executive committee may require notification of decisions or recommendations of any sub-committee.

12. Amendments to the Constitution  - Changes to the Constitution may be made at an Annual General Meeting or Extraordinary General Meeting convened for the purposes under rule 11. Notice of any proposed alteration must be given in writing to the Secretary fourteen days prior to the holding of an AGM or EGM and details of the proposed alteration must be included in the notice convening the meeting.

13. Voting - Voting will be decided by a simple majority of those present. At all meetings the Chairman is entitled to vote and in the case of equality of votes, he shall also have a casting vote.

14. Patron - The Association will seek the patronage of a well known person who preferably lives in Southsea. The Patron may attend any Committee or General meeting and will be entitled to vote.

15. President and Life Members - The office of the President of the Association may be established in due course and a long serving member of the Association may be invited by the Executive Committee to take this office from time to time as required. The appointment is to be endorsed by the members at an AGM.The Executive Committee shall have the power to award Honorary Life Membership to such members who are deemed worthy. At the AGM on 9th May 2011 the members voted for the Aims and Constitution of the Association.


To improve the quality of life for people living, working in or visiting Southsea by ...

• Promoting good local government and ensuring the local authority is aware of the needs and views of residents.

• Encouraging cleanliness in Southsea, including beaches and sea water.

• Working with other resident associations and residents to monitor planning and licensing matters which may impact on residential amenities.

• Promoting and preserving the unique identities of our shopping centres in the immediate vicinities of Palmerston, Albert and Castle Roads.

• Encouraging cultural activities within Southsea.

Improve the built environment by ...

• Monitoring the conservation status of Thomas Owen's work and other historic buildings and areas.

• Promoting the upgrading of Southsea Seafront and campaign for the full implementation of the City Council's Seafront Strategy.

• Monitor any plans for Southse common and seek to protect it from misuse.

• Encouraging owners and tenants of buildings and land within Southsea to keep them in good order and tidy, to help improve Southsea's image.

Improve communication by ...

• Providing a regularly maintained website for residents and visitors.

• Maintaining good links with media and news groups.

• Having regular meetings of members and providing feedback whether positive or negative to local government.

• To work with locally elected councillors.




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