Petition: Save Our East Oxford Community Facilities


The Labour-run City Council have seized direct control of East Oxford Community Centre (EOCC) on the Cowley Road) and plan to sell off half the Community Centre site and 'improve' the rest (funded by further sell-offs; East Oxford Games Hall and the Film Oxford building).

The Centre was run by the East Oxford Community Association before the Council power-grab. The Centre is home to many local groups (including Fusion Arts & Oxford Action Resource Centre) and most nights all available rooms are booked out. Both the Games Hall and Film Oxford are also well used.

The Greens are contesting claims by Labour that they can re-provide 'improved' facilities on a site half the current size whilst incorporating those activities previously carried out in the Film Oxford building and East Oxford Games Hall. 

The Greens have put forward an alternative solution - to instead develop land in nearby Cave Street for housing and instead redevelop the Community Centre land for use by social and community enterprises.  This will provide MORE housing and retain the integrity of the EOCC site. 


Green Councillors are calling on the Labour-run City Council to ‘think again’ about its decision to seize direct control of East Oxford Community Centre from the Community Association and rush through a redevelopment funded by selling off the East Oxford Games Hall and Film Oxford sites.

We are calling for:

  1. A Centre run for the community by the community 
  2. Improvements to the East Oxford Community Centre not to be made dependent on the closure of the Games Hall and Film Oxford.
  3. Proper public consultation on the future of community provision in East Oxford  
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  • signed 2016-06-03 11:29:15 +0100
    This is a valuable affordable venue for many social groups. Please don’t sell it off and force them to use expensive corporate venues!
  • signed 2016-06-03 10:57:23 +0100
  • signed via 2016-03-21 18:17:42 +0000
  • signed via 2016-01-08 11:46:59 +0000
  • signed 2015-10-04 10:11:50 +0100
    Our community facilities build cohesion, supporting friendship and understanding.
  • signed 2015-10-03 20:54:18 +0100
    As society becomes more fragmented these community spaces become more and more important.
  • signed 2015-09-25 18:35:39 +0100
  • signed 2015-09-22 13:08:06 +0100
  • signed 2015-09-03 14:43:48 +0100
    Oxford has too few community spaces, as everything is being sold and commercialised. This cannot continue.
  • signed 2015-08-30 20:45:11 +0100
    These are valuable resources for our community, and they are widely used. The future of theses buildings should not be in jeopardy!
  • signed 2015-08-30 14:48:05 +0100
    The Council should acknowledge the hard work by the current management committee and give them a chance to sort out the community centre
  • signed 2015-08-30 08:26:50 +0100
  • signed via 2015-08-29 15:06:51 +0100
  • posted about this on Facebook 2015-08-29 13:34:44 +0100
    I just signed the petition: Save East Oxford's Community Facilities
  • signed 2015-08-29 13:33:11 +0100
  • signed 2015-08-27 21:43:56 +0100
  • signed 2015-08-23 22:39:02 +0100
  • posted about this on Facebook 2015-08-23 22:31:35 +0100
    I just signed the petition: Save East Oxford's Community Facilities
  • signed 2015-08-23 22:29:07 +0100
  • signed 2015-08-23 22:24:15 +0100
  • signed 2015-08-23 19:16:37 +0100
  • signed 2015-08-21 19:59:12 +0100
  • signed 2015-08-20 05:55:05 +0100
  • signed via 2015-08-18 15:58:50 +0100
    We have been running successful community events at EOCC and wouldn’t want the future of these to be disrupted/jeopardised
  • signed 2015-08-18 11:41:00 +0100
  • signed 2015-08-17 23:55:31 +0100
  • signed 2015-08-17 22:46:38 +0100
  • signed 2015-08-17 21:47:28 +0100
  • signed 2015-08-17 13:38:09 +0100
  • signed 2015-08-16 15:35:18 +0100
    We love the community Centere. Many work shops and events, classes has been amazing. It is helping to keep the community together. Please keep it as it is. Thank you.

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