Petition: Save Our East Oxford Community Facilities


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. 


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:

  1. A Centre run for the community by the community 
  2. Improvements to the East Oxford Community Centre not to be made dependent on the closure of the Games Hall and Film Oxford.
  3. Proper public consultation on the future of community provision in East Oxford  
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  • Emma Stokes
    signed 2015-08-16 09:43:20 +0100
  • Shelley Maxfield
    signed 2015-08-15 08:40:40 +0100
  • Fiona Joines
    signed 2015-08-13 17:13:22 +0100
  • Carolyn Morningstar
    signed 2015-08-12 10:20:20 +0100
  • Tracey Hager
    signed 2015-08-12 06:40:26 +0100
  • Andy aker
    signed 2015-08-12 00:48:49 +0100
    where to start! I’m feeling in modern society the sense of community is depleting, slowly being replaced by tv, Internet, social media and a faster pace of life! Longer working hours, lower wages, less feel good factors. One key element of supporting a health and happy community is gatherings, retreats, and poi ninety meeting with friends and folk, all walks, all ages and without discrimination. A valuable asset is a well placed and resourced centre with friendly and amendable staff, willing to go the extra mile to support the community. This is my experience of the centre. Just saying
  • Ben Mowat
    signed 2015-08-11 19:33:07 +0100
    Think about it Bob…. please
  • Anthony Bron
    signed 2015-08-11 17:11:20 +0100
  • Dan Ofer
    signed 2015-08-11 03:50:29 +0100
  • Jennifer Steel
    signed 2015-08-11 00:45:29 +0100
  • Luke Turner
    signed 2015-08-11 00:17:50 +0100
  • Stuart Prower
    signed 2015-08-10 23:49:22 +0100
  • Anne-Marie Dupre
    signed 2015-08-10 23:36:03 +0100
  • M Eaglestone
    signed via 2015-08-10 22:20:55 +0100
  • Shiamalee Tillekeratne-cox
    signed 2015-08-10 20:09:24 +0100
  • Tim Pullan
    signed 2015-08-10 19:54:26 +0100
    The City Council are planning to spent £200,000 of public money on a private feasibility study into this development. Public community consultation needed.
  • Paul Andrews
    signed 2015-08-10 19:39:37 +0100
  • Nena Parkes
    signed 2015-08-10 18:35:42 +0100
    I use the Community Centre three times a week and have done for the last few years. It is a valuable resource for the East Oxford Community and others.
  • Anthony Eccles
    signed 2015-08-10 15:56:28 +0100
  • Martin Till
    signed 2015-08-10 15:51:31 +0100
  • Patti Dale
    signed 2015-08-10 14:46:42 +0100
    East Oxford is a community that really needs a centre, without it crime will rise for one thing. The feeling of community that the centre brings results in art, dance, music, friendship, & a rise in self-esteem which counteracts isolation & crime and enhances East Oxford. Destroying it will be far more expensive for the Council than supporting it properly!
  • David Murphy
    signed 2015-08-10 13:50:17 +0100
  • Conrad Williams
    signed 2015-08-10 13:44:28 +0100
    This is not necessary .since the occ have hundreds of millions to spend annually.
  • David Banfield
    signed 2015-08-10 12:54:14 +0100
  • Andrew Freidin
    signed 2015-08-10 12:54:04 +0100
    I visit the EOCC 2-3 times a week for music and life-drawing and would be very upset if it were closed down.
  • isabel lima
    signed 2015-08-10 12:31:48 +0100
    This is terrible I cant believe the councila re doing this. We all put so much work into the centre it has alreadfy been refurbished: it has disabled acess a kitchen new furniture. Why do they need all that money? to sell film Oxford? One the the best resources Oxford has? Crazy The centre was doing very well what is the problem? Why does the council want to end a vibrant community resource like this?
  • Martin Barfoot
    signed 2015-08-10 12:21:44 +0100
  • Karen Kay
    signed 2015-08-10 09:30:04 +0100
  • ilia stg
    signed 2015-08-09 23:32:39 +0100
  • Isabelle Kaufmann
    signed 2015-08-09 21:00:37 +0100

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