Clean Streets

Thank you to all of you who are keeping your small patch of street clean. It really makes a difference!

If you see any fly-tipping contact us. We can get it removed.

To avoid the chaos of student change-over and rubbish being strewn all around, we are meeting with the council, the university and and students’ union to plan ways of minimising disruption caused by the piles of rubbish we’ve had in the past that are left out on pavements and scattered by scavengers.

Regular monthly litter-picks still take place. Look out for updates. We’d love you to come and join us!


Our annual voluntary membership fee is £5 per person. This helps to pay for all of our activities and additional expenses.

From now on, existing members will get an email when it is time to renew with an attached membership form to fill in and they can either pay by cheque and post it to the:

Membership Secretary, 104 Alma Road, SO14 6UW,

or pay by bank credit (quoting your OARA membership number as the payment reference)


Anti-Social Parties

OARA now has several strategies we can employ in response to anti-social student parties. Our advice is not to tackle them at the time, but contact us, so that we can help with follow-up actions which we have found to be successful in the past.

Big Lunch Street Party

Our Big Lunch street party will take place on Sunday 2nd of June in Alma Road. More information to follow.

Lodge Road Community Event

An art exhibition and community event is proposed for Saturday 11th May at Blue Door in Lodge Road.

Preliminary plans are for a get-together to share ideas about local projects followed by a street clean of Lodge Road. The day will finish with chats, discussion forum, sale of plants, arts and crafts exhibition and sale. More information to come. Any ideas welcome!


Greening activities continue across the OARA patch. Meanwhile the cherries have been in full blossom!

The tree pit outside Waitrose has been colourful, as are the half-barrels around the area.

This year we hope to be involved in the initiative ‘Make Lodge Road Great Again!’ and keeping our fingers crossed for success in our funding bid to the council for money to improve street furniture, planting to improve air quality and visual image.

We are in need of more volunteers to keep up the good work.

If you are interested in being involved in local gardening projects, please contact the OARA secretary (details to follow.)


We continue to monitor planning applications and raise objections where appropriate. We have a solid track record of helping to stop inappropriate developments in the area.

Please contact us if you have any concerns about local planning applications.

Bevois Mount History

As you can see, Bevois Mount History Group has just adopted a new logo. They have been very active recently giving history talks and commissioning blue plaques to commemorate notable local people, one of whom is John Arlott, the famous cricket commentator.

A major project they have undertaken is to produce a ‘Welcome to Bevois Mount Sign’ which is now in place on Lodge Road near the Stag Gates Garage.

It shows Stag Gates, and using 3D printing, a tram coming through the gates and sticking out of the sign. Most impressive!

PPG (patient participation group)

The Alma Road Surgery PPG holds regular meetings for people to express their views about the surgery and hear about the latest developments. Notification for these meetings can be found on the PPG notice-board in the surgery or through OARA.

Contact us:

If you need to get in touch contact the secretary:

Visit our web site:

We have a notice board in Alma Road by the planters

We are also on Facebook