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.
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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