At this week's budget meeting (20/2/2017), Oxford's Green Councillors withdrew their support from the City's Capital Budget programme after their amendment to divert the £4m set aside for the Seacourt Park & Ride expansion to community facilities, environmental project and homelessness provision was rejected by the ruling City's Labour administration.Read more
@RuthiBrandt tweeted link to Petition. 2015-08-03 19:04:39 +0100Sign the petition: Save East Oxford's Community Facilities http://www.greenoxfordshire.com/saveourcommunityfacilities?recruiter_id=49265
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.28 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.
Ruthi Brandt, councillor for Carfax ward
After several years of environmental activism as a student, Ruthi Brandt came to Oxford to pursue a research degree in animal behaviour. During that time she has founded the Oxford Roots & Shoots Society which campaigned on issues ranging from wildlife conservation to climate change. She has been living in the city for ten years.
Since graduation she has been involved with other campaigning groups such as – the local Greenpeace group, climate camp and 350.org. In the last few years she has been active with - and working for - UK Tar Sands Network. She has also been an active member of The People’s Supermarket co-op in East Oxford.
After working with Green councillors last year to make Oxford the first Tar-Free city in the EU, Ruthi decided to take the ‘think global, act local’ phrase to a new level by becoming a Green Party councillor on the city council.
You can contact her on ruthi[at]greenoxford.com