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.120 signatures
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:
- A Centre run for the community by the community
- Improvements to the East Oxford Community Centre not to be made dependent on the closure of the Games Hall and Film Oxford.
- Proper public consultation on the future of community provision in East Oxford
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Steve Dawe, candidate for Iffley Fields
Steve Dawe is a University lecturer teaching both Public Administration and International Development. He has degrees in Politics and International Relations. Steve has worked for the Green Party in a number of roles including as a Press Officer and for Caroline Lucas when she was a member of the European Parliament. Steve is married to Hazel, who is also standing in these elections, and they have three children between them. Outside party politics, Steve was chair of a combined Community Association and Neighbourhood Watch for 7 years and Chair of a coalition of environmental, residents and parish councils for 5 years, amongst many other community roles.
If elected, Steve will aim to make an impact on the City Council’s housing, planning, transport and energy policies in particular. Empty homes and sites must be put into use; open spaces and greenfield sites must be preserved inside and outside the city; sustainable policies must be followed consistently in planning, transport and energy policies to ensure effective use of council staff and funds. Steve will continue the community work he is already engaged in with the Donnington Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, the Iffley Fields Residents Association and the Oxfordshire Climate and Flooding Alliance.