Harefield

When the Tories were in power in Southampton, they left Council houses empty for almost three years! Labour’s John Denham MP and Southampton’s Housing Chief Cllr Warwick Payne decided to fix this, and now short-term tenancies are being drawn up. There’s no point having empty homes when families need a roof over their head.

When the Tories were in power in Southampton, they left Council houses empty for almost three years! Labour’s John Denham MP and Southampton’s Housing Chief Cllr Warwick Payne decided to fix this, and now short-term tenancies are being drawn up. There’s no point having empty homes when families need a roof over their head.

Located in the north-east of the city, Harefield Ward consists of the Harefield estate built in the 1960s and has a population of around 13,900.

The area also consists of mostly terraced housing with some large woodland areas and open spaces.

Historically, Harefield ward is built on the surrounding area of Harefield House, an Elizabethan style country house built in 1834 for Sir Edward Butler who was chairman of the Southampton and Salisbury Railway Company in what now is the grounds of the Harefield Infant and Junior School.  Harefield is also part of Bitterne and Thornhill Park, and also home to Bitterne Library and Bitterne Leisure Centre.

The ward is right next to Bitterne Village and Maybray King Way, the main traffic route towards Bursledon and Netley.  The road is named after Horace King, the former Labour MP who was the Speaker of the House of Commons from 1965 to 1971.

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