Osmaston Community Association of Residents (OSCAR) is a resident led association established to tackle the social and physical regeneration of their community.
It exists to serve the needs of everyone in the community of Osmaston Derby.
In January 2011, a group of Osmaston residents and local businesses formed a working group to look at how Osmaston could be improved as there were concerns about the vacant former Rolls Royce site at Nightingale Road.
Derby City Council had already commisioned a masterplan to look at regeneration of the area but some of the proposals were of concern to residents.
Derby Homes offered support to help the formation of an association to give power to the residents. They seconded a Community Initiative Officer to support the work and in April 2011, OSCAR was formally constituted.
Derby Homes offered the use of the old housing office at Addison Road for use as a meeting place for OSCAR, and continues to fund this on OSCAR’s behalf. The use of these offices was designed as a ‘trial’ to establish if there was a need by the community for such a centre. The long term plan was to consider the use of the Grade 2 listed Marble Hall premises on the vacant Rolls Royce site.
In June 2011 OSCAR was officially launched in the area and volunteers were recruited to help run the offices.
Derby Homes hosted a twice weekly informal surgery through their Community Initiative Officer.
A Neighbourhood Watch scheme was launched covering over 1900 properties (5200 residents) and working closely with the Safer Neighbourhood Team, Derby Homes Junior Wardens and local children, it is already the largest neighbourhood watch in the country.
A range of subgroups were formed, encouraging other residents and businesses to become involved:
- Estate pride
- Neighbourhood Watch
- Elton Road Quadrant
- Resource centre
The Estate Pride subgroup, working with Derby Homes, has levered in funding to build a new park and playarea in Tennyson Street. OSCAR managed the consulation with residents and looked at the procurement process. It is hoped that this project will be completed by May 2012.
The subgroup has also received funding from Derby Homes to erect fencing in Buchan Street and Tower Street to help tidy up the area.
From an early stage, OSCAR took up the dialogue with Rolls Royce to discuss the potential uses for Marble Hall, and helped support an ERDF bid for funding by Derby City Council Regeneration team. The bid is to for the re-development of Marble Hall to a multi-use centre to provide facilities, services and support for the local community. The results of this bid are due in June 2012.
In November 2011, a new Joint Venture Vehicle was been formed between OSCAR, Derby City Council and Derby Homes. Approved by Derby City Council’s Cabinet on 22 November, the joint venture vehicle will work with the local residents, who will also sit on the organisations steering group and help to secure the future of the area by making spending and design decisions. The Council have formally approved OSCAR as the lead on consultations.