Oxford City Council’s engagement event on the new plans for East Oxford Community Centre created plenty of comments from the local community last week.
The engagement event was an opportunity for community groups and local residents to see the architectural plans and feedback their comments.
The plans are available on the City Council web site, and feedback can be submitted online or by dropping printed forms to the Community Centre by 30 September.
The event on Friday saw lively engagement from community groups and local residents, with an estimated 150 people taking part. The site will provide dedicated space for a number of different community groups, including the Oxfordshire Chinese Community & Advice Centre, Fusion Arts, BK.Luwo, Film Oxford, East Oxford Community Association, OxPots and Ackhi.
Other spaces will be available for groups to rent for specific activities, such as the lindy hop group and Irish dancing – both of whom put on lively performances to give visitors a real community experience.
A further event will be held on 12 November to show revised plans that respond to community feedback.
“I was really pleased to see so many people taking an interest in our plans for the redevelopment. I heard a range of views and issues raised, and the overall feeling I got was that people are passionate about having a strong community centre that provides for a diverse area. This is what we believe the redeveloped centre can deliver, we’re looking at how to take forward the specific feedback and will be showing how we’ve included that to adapt our plans at the event on 12 November.”
Councillor Marie Tidball, Cabinet Member for Supporting Local Communities