On the 29th April 2018, just days before the local elections, the City Council have condemned the East Oxford Community Centre B-block, leaving organisations including the East Oxford Community Association (EOCA) without a home. Somewhat ironically, EOCA used to manage the Centre until the City Council forcibly took back control a couple of years ago. Since the Council takeover B-block has been allowed to deteriorate in preparation, it became clear, for planned demolition and sell-off of the site.
Just days before the local election, Council condemn community centre
Says Cllr Thomas, Green Group Leader, "The Council has failed to invest in maintaining the site in an attempt to justify the demolition of B-block - and the larger adjacent building (known as the 'Chinese Community Centre') - to ease the sale of the site. When private landlords let a building get into such an unsafe state they are prosecuted. Yet, the Council have given themselves a free pass."
It is well known that the Council have no intention of permitting the three community groups occupying B-block to have there own office in any refurbished centre - which will be too small to allow anything but shared facilities.
FMI: Cllr David Thomas 07792527421
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