Petition: Save Our East Oxford Community Facilities

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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. 

Petition

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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  • Jon Pitman
    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!
  • Katharine Kirkbride
    signed 2016-06-03 10:57:23 +0100
  • Kate Robinson
    signed via 2016-03-21 18:17:42 +0000
  • Jane Wilkinson
    signed via 2016-01-08 11:46:59 +0000
  • Timothy Cannon
    signed 2015-10-04 10:11:50 +0100
    Our community facilities build cohesion, supporting friendship and understanding.
  • Keith Allen
    signed 2015-09-25 18:35:39 +0100
  • Aisling Hill
    signed 2015-09-22 13:08:06 +0100
  • Heidrun Speedy
    signed 2015-09-03 14:43:48 +0100
    Oxford has too few community spaces, as everything is being sold and commercialised. This cannot continue.
  • Alison Peters
    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!
  • Hazel Dawe
    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
  • Emily Crane
    signed 2015-08-30 08:26:50 +0100
  • Catherine Crick
    signed via 2015-08-29 15:06:51 +0100
  • Jo Mowat
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-08-29 13:34:44 +0100
    I just signed the petition: Save East Oxford's Community Facilities
  • Jo Mowat
    signed 2015-08-29 13:33:11 +0100
  • Jonathan Herne
    signed 2015-08-27 21:43:56 +0100
  • Tristan Clark
    signed 2015-08-23 22:39:02 +0100
  • Jes Hibbert
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-08-23 22:31:35 +0100
    I just signed the petition: Save East Oxford's Community Facilities
  • Jes Hibbert
    signed 2015-08-23 22:29:07 +0100
  • Maria J Martinez Sabaris
    signed 2015-08-23 22:24:15 +0100
  • Peta Sandison
    signed 2015-08-23 19:16:37 +0100
  • Margaretha Blom van Assendelft
    signed 2015-08-21 19:59:12 +0100
  • kate liddell
    signed 2015-08-20 05:55:05 +0100
  • Ben Lloyd-Shogbesan
    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
  • Kirsty Mills
    signed 2015-08-18 11:41:00 +0100
  • shelly pill
    signed 2015-08-17 23:55:31 +0100
  • Maciej Mackowiak
    signed 2015-08-17 22:46:38 +0100
  • Henry Blyth
    signed 2015-08-17 21:47:28 +0100
  • connor Wheeler
    signed 2015-08-17 13:38:09 +0100
  • Felicity White
    signed 2015-08-16 15:10:36 +0100
  • Sarah Verney
    signed 2015-08-16 14:33:23 +0100
    Why do we have to fight for this over and over again? When are you going to listen to the voice of local people who want and need to keep this community facility open???!

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