What members are pleased with and proud of

  • That we created OARA at all
    • And that we’re still going strong
  • Positive environmental impact on the area
    • The Greening Group
    • Planting/greening the area
    • Litter picking
  • Togetherness
    • Getting to know people / neighbours
    • Social events – street party / table top sales / Christmas party / drinks
    • Working together to get things done
  • Council links and action
    • Jason Evans link
  • Links and reaching out to SUSU
    • History – letting us know our heritage
    • Giving us pride in the area
  • Efforts to resolve the Kingsley House issue
  • Quick actions and responses – sometimes
  • Web site
  • Less noise at nights
  • Support by the police, particularly Holly Knight

What members are disappointed with and bugged by

  • Environment
    • Constant battle with litter
    • Bin disorganisation
      • Bins still on the streets
      • Blue bins being contaminated
  • Not encompassing the whole community
    • Lack of contact with landlords
    • Lack of involvement/integration with students
  • Landlord aggression
  • HMOs
    • Proliferation
    • Licensing – lack of council enforcement
    • Lack of support from the council – BIG TIME!
    • Increase in Lettings boards
  • Inappropriate modernisation
  • That the membership is not larger
    • Memberships not being renewed
  • Not enough members coming to street cleans
  • Kingsley House

What we want – future priorities

  • Strategies for promoting OARA in the area
    • Increase membership
    • Continued/increased number of events
    • Change the perception of the area
    • Press officer
  • Increase information / leaflets / newsletters
    • Leafleting roads which have been cleaned
    • Advertise our achievements
  • Build links on a wider scale
    • Hold an event that brings people from different interest groups together – OARA / landlords / lettings agencies / students / businesses /council
    • Engage with the Polish community / others – maybe through their children
    • Other like-minded organisations
    • Student feedback – realistic
  • Planning
    • Limit further HMOs
    • Blocking further HMOs
    • Encouraging more families into the area
    • Reduce number of Lettings boards
  • Working with the council to improve the environment and enforce regulations
  • Street cleaning
    • Up our game
    • Be more strategic
  • Fund raising