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Alison Williams commented on Craig Simmon's City Budget Speech 2017 2017-03-07 13:56:32 +0000Brilliant image to the start of this article. Greens want better community facilities all the other parties seem to be going for tarmac Well done Greens
Alison Williams commented on 2017 candidate selection ballot 2016-08-01 20:56:59 +0100There is no actual decision made by the Elections Committee or Elections Working Party , they can recommend rather than decide ;the decision comes from Oxfordshire Green Party Business Meetings and all should take into account the wishes and work done by the candidates in relation to what areas they may be best to represent the Green Party in.
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
Oxford is now the most unaffordable place to live in the UK. Houses cost more than 11 times average wages. The country and Oxford's council have a housing crisis on their hands.
Too often, people paying rent get poor service from rogue agencies and landlords. Greens want to take action to drive up standards in rented housing and to tackle the burden of rent.
We believe that access to housing is a human right—the council must do more to meet the housing needs of people in Oxford. Greens support increasing the number of council and social homes available to those who need them.
No council houses have been completed in the last year in Oxford. So when suitable houses become available on the local market, Oxford City Council should purchase them to increase the council housing stock.27 signatures
We demand that Oxford City Council use some of the £10m it has set aside to buy properties for use as Council housing to purchase the Crown House Club on the corner of Crown Street and St Mary’s Road in East Oxford. The Council could then provide 4 flats for immediate rent and a potential additional 5 flats for rent once the non-residential parts of the building are converted for residential use.
We believe the £1m price tag for the Crown House Club, and the potential to create up to 9 Council housing units in an area of housing need, presents excellent value for money for the City Council. With a constant decline in social housing available in the city, it would be a travesty to pass on such a good opportunity to increase the Council's housing stock.
Alison Williams donated 2013-11-10 11:32:35 +0000
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Alison Williams, deputy chair of the Oxfordshire Green Party
I am a trade unionist and Chair my local Branch of UCU. I moved to Oxford to work 13 years ago after resigning as a Labour Councillor on Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council disgusted at the war mongering and increasingly right wing policies of the Labour Party.
I have been active in many national and local political campaigns for over 36 years underpinned by Green values and ideals becoming a member of the Green Party several years ago.
The Green Party is the only socialist alternative in local or national politics with wide ranging polices for improving all aspects of working people’s lives.
Local and national priorities that we all need to defend and extend are:
- Removing the anti-democratic processes introduced in Oxford by the Labour controlled Council to make it more accountable to you the electorate.
- Ensuring we have the finest local and national NHS service regardless of ability to pay for treatment.
- Promoting lifelong access to best quality state education free for us all.
- Subsidising solar and other energy saving power to make sure elderly and working people have lower energy bills and a greener more healthy environment.
The Green Party is the only political party which can implement policies to improve the quality of life for us all.
If you care about your environment, giving your children a quality education, work opportunities and you want a healthier life in Oxford—Vote Green.