Refurbishment and new activities in store for East Oxford Community Centre

Published: Wednesday, 2nd September 2015

Oxford City Council has begun £15,000 of work to refurbish East Oxford Community Centre. The Council, which took over the running of the centre today, is also launching new activities to add to those

In future years, the Council wants to invest in transforming the centre with new community buildings and refurbishing the existing space.

Councillor Christine Simm, Board Member for Culture and Communities, said: “East Oxford Community Centre has an incredibly exciting future.

"We are investing £15,000 and bringing in new activities now. And we’re currently looking at and consulting on ways to improve and extend the buildings in the longer term.

"We want to open the centre up to the whole community and are working to make sure East Oxford Community Centre goes from strength to strength.”

 The City Council has started work on a £15,000 revamp of East Oxford Community Centre. Work includes:

  • Replacing dance mirrors in the upper hall
  • Decorating the lounge and upper hall
  • Replacing windows on to Cowley Road
  • Improving the front notice boards
  • Painting the front fire doors 
  • Replacing the back gate and bar door to improve security
  • Providing secure space for refuse bins to stop fly-tipping
  • Installing new hand dryers and soap dispensers in the toilets

The Council is also carpeting and decorating a room to create an office for East Oxford Community Association.

The work will be completed in the next couple of weeks.

On top of this, the Council is also working to improve the current programme of activities at the community centre. For example, Friday night youth sessions for ages 13-19 will be launched on 11 September from 5-7pm.

The Council is inviting members of the community to email in suggestions for what else they would like to see at the centre. You can contact the community centre on EOCC@oxford.gov.uk.

The refurbishment and new activities are just the beginning of Council’s plans for the community centre.

The Council has recently commissioned a feasibility study to look at the different ways the centre could be developed, which will involve talking to the local community as well as all current user groups and tenants of the community centre. The results of this will be used to inform a public consultation on the long term plans for East Oxford Community Centre.

A Reference Group of East Oxford Community Centre tenants and users, local Councillors and members of East Oxford Community Association, East Oxford Games Hall and Film Oxford are starting to develop ideas on what they would like to see in the improved centre and how the wider community can be actively involved.

More information about the Council’s plans for East Oxford Community Centre.