Here’s a bit of an update on what’s been happening recently on the OARA patch.
The Council have reported back to us on the responses to the informal survey about a possible parking permit zone, which they sent out before Christmas. These were sent to houses not already in a parking zone. There was a mixed response , with some streets being in favour of such a scheme and others against. The Council was concerned on two fronts:
- – the low turnout in some streets
- – that residents should be aware of the possible impact of “displacement” parking on the reduced number of roads with no restrictions, should other roads opt for a parking permit zone. The parking could be from anyone who is not eligible for a permit on their road, chooses not to pay for one or casual parkers.
As a result the Council has organised a second stage to the informal survey to ensure residents in relevant roads are fully informed. This has been done in partnership with OARA. As an organisation we do not have a single preferred view but we do know that parking is a constant problem in our area and we want residents to be fully informed. If there is informal support at this stage it would lead to a fuller, more formal survey in due course.
Annual General Meeting follow up
A belated thank you to all of you who came along to the AGM at the end of January. Almost thirty members attended to hear a report of what had been achieved in the year gone by and help plan for the year ahead. The minutes of the meeting, the Annual Report, accompanying picture show, new committee details and Plans for 2019 will be posted on the website shortly so do have a look if you weren’t able to make it. After four years in the Chair Sue Swallow felt it was time to stand down and John Hayward was elected as our new Chair, with Sue staying on as Vice Chair. The rest of the officers and committee were all re-elected, with Wendy Stokes volunteering to be trained up as a future treasurer! We owe a great deal of thanks to Sue for her tireless hard work and commitment as our Chair- as well as chief Greener.
Following discussion at the AGM we are now having one monthly Street Clean on the first Sunday of every month – barring Bank holidays or Street Parties. We are hoping this will have a “less is more” effect, less often but more volunteers each time. Next one is Sunday 3 March, 11.00 am at the planters. And between times some members have volunteered to keep an eye on a stretch close to home. Could you do a 100m stretch? Barbara Matcham would be delighted to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring flowers are coming up in the OARA beds and barrels; we’ve met with landlords and university reps to talk about student issues and plan better ways to deal with student clear-out time; we’ve reported several lots of flytipping/excess rubbish and had the usual excellent response from Barry Olson at the Council’s HMO team; our Bevois Mount History Group has two forthcoming events – A talk on John Arlott, policeman, poet and commentator at Portswood Library on Wednesday 13th March at 7.30 and a “Common History” walk on Wednesday 20th March, meeting at 2 at the Cowherds. Go to http://bevoismounthistory.weebly.com for more history gems.
And a message from Ave St Andrews, who are raising money to repair their bell tower. They will be holding a Plant Sale on the morning of April 27th and if any OARA members have any spare seedlings or plants to contribute they would be very welcome.
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