Opinions divided over future of Summertown community centre

David Potts

David Potts

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter covering North Oxford, Jericho and Summertown. Call me on 01865 425498

OPINIONS are divided about whether a Summertown community centre should be knocked down and replaced.

People have been quizzed on an Oxford City Council suggestion to replace the North Oxford Association (NOA) centre, as part of the redevelopment of Diamond Place.

But two separate surveys, one by the council and one by the NOA, have come out with entirely different results on whether people want the centre replaced or want it to stay as it is.

The NOA centre, which has 600 members, is used by people in Summertown for activities including yoga, language lessons, lunch clubs and babysitting courses.

According to results published by the council, 68 per cent of respondents voted in favour of building a new community centre.

But the council said the NOA had submitted its own survey, which showed just 13 of 141 people it asked wanted a new building.

NOA chairman David Potts said: “We have made our view quite clear on this.

“The feeling amongst members was overwhelmingly for the community centre to not be included (in the Diamond Place redevelopment plans).”

Mr Potts added: “It would be great to be relocated to a permanent position with more space, but in reality it would prove very disruptive.

“The last experience we had of this was during a refurbishment when we had to vacate the premises and use a Portacabin and Cutteslowe Park for activities.”

The local authority owns the centre, but it is managed by NOA.

In its consultation document, the city council said: “The community centre is currently single storey and an awkward shape that does not make efficient use of space. Its redevelopment would free up space for other developments.”

But Mr Potts said that NOA members were happy with the current community centre and did not wish to see it replaced. The group held a public meeting of 29 people, with no one backing the plan.

But in the report on the results of the consultation, the city council said 68 per cent of respondents – 124 people out of 182 – were in favour.

Council spokesman Chofamba Sithole said no decision on the community centre’s fate had yet been made.

He said: “We are still carefully considering all the comments we have received and have not reached any firm conclusions yet.”

Diamond Place houses Summertown’s main car park.

  • Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone's contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Send your Letter to the Editor

11:20am Monday 28th July 2014

What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.


Our top stories

New: Get Oxford Mail news alerts sent direct to your phone via Whatsapp

Oxford Mail: Whats App logo

11:50am Tuesday 3rd June 2014

OXFORD Mail readers can now sign up to get major breaking news alerts sent direct to their mobile phones with a new service using Whatsapp.

Set for a battle of Blenheim over 1,500 homes plan

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 9th September 2014

RESIDENTS in Woodstock have vowed to “fight until the bitter end” against plans to build up to 1,500 homes east of the town.

Delays of up to 40 minutes on bus services across the county

Oxford Mail: Traffic Alert general

9:00am Tuesday 9th September 2014

STAGECOACH Oxfordshire has warned that passengers face delays of up to 40 minutes this morning.

Harassment cop sacked for gross misconduct

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

8:30am Tuesday 9th September 2014

A DETECTIVE has been sacked after harassing a member of police staff, the force said yesterday.

Fears as boat owners’ group claims new area of riverbank

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 9th September 2014

RESIDENTS say they are worried about another attempt by boat owners to grab land alongside waterways in the city.

Mum cleared of breaking baby daughter’s leg

Oxford Mail: The Horton General Hospital, Banbury

6:30am Tuesday 9th September 2014

A TEENAGER accused of breaking her baby daughter’s leg broke down in tears as she was cleared yesterday.

Comments

Post a comment

Remember you are personally responsible for what you post on this site and must abide by our site terms. Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious. If you wish to complain, please use the ‘report this post’ link.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree