Campaigners protest outside former community centre in Cowley

1:02pm Sunday 13th July 2014

CAMPAIGNERS gathered outside a Cowley facility yesterday in protest against closure plans they described as an insult to the community.

Oxford City Council wants to build 40 flats at the site of the former community centre in Barns Road.

Yesterday’s protestors were also demonstrating against the move to close the Temple Cowley Pool and Fitness Centre.

Dr Hojjat Ramzy, a representative of the Muslim Community of Oxford, said: "These facilities are vital for the health and well being of the Cowley community.

"If these are closed the community will suffer. The plans to replace the former Community Centre in Barns Road, which catered well for the citizens of Oxford with 40 flats, a number of workshops and a small community hall are ridiculous."

And he said plans to build another hall were not enough and urged the council to re-think, adding: "This space will not be big enough to cater for even 20 people, let alone our growing community. This is an insult to the people of Cowley.

"We are all paying our taxes and the whole of Cowley have a right to a decent space that will cater for the whole community."

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