Two well-known Canterbury residents’ associations, Oaten Hill & District Society and South Canterbury Residents Association, merged in November 2016 to form a new community group, Oaten Hill & South Canterbury Association (OHSCA). The Association covers an area south-east of the city walls, from Rhodaus Town to Lady Wootton’s Green, Pilgrims Way and east to Churchill Road along the New Dover Road, and south to Ridlands Farm, including South Canterbury Road, Nunnery Road and Oaten Hill. See Map below.
The Oaten Hill and District Society originally came into existence in April 1974 when a planning application was submitted to convert the house known as The Shrubbery, located at the junction of Oaten Hill and Upper Chantry Lane, into offices. If successful this would have led to the many fine trees in the garden being destroyed. Local residents went into action, the trees were saved, and Oaten Hill and District Society was born.
Over many years OHDS raised money for and carried out effective tree, shrub and flower-planting in public spaces in our area, and was vigilant regarding local planning applications. An energetic history association was also formed. The OHDS Local History Group continues to make a key contribution to recording and understanding the area’s social history, and helps to increase public awareness through publications.
South Canterbury Residents Association represented local residents for over five years, ensuring the City Council was aware of the opposition to various Ridlands Farm schemes, oversized and inappropriate residential developments, reduction in councillor numbers, and concerns about the Draft Local Plan. SCRA organised many community events like walks and plant exchanges.
The strengths of the two memberships have now been brought together in OHSCA. This has enabled us to arrange more community activities for our members and, by representing an area which includes more than 2000 households, we have increased our influence on many local planning and environmental decisions that affect us all. Wider issues like air quality and healthcare provision are an increasing concern of the Association. Our Members are kept well-informed about planning applications and issues through our weekly emails on Planning Applications, and our quarterly Newsletters.
Recent newsletters can be found here