Protesters fight to stop housing plan

Protesters at the site

Protesters at the site

First published in News

CAMPAIGNERS have called plans to replace a community centre with flats an “insult to the people of Cowley”.

They gathered at the site in Barns Road, Oxford, on Saturday, against a proposal by the city council to build 40 flats.

Protesters were also demonstrating against the move to close the Temple Cowley Pools and Fitness Centre.

The council plans to close the Temple Road facility and replace it with a new multi-million pound pool in Blackbird Leys. The pool has now been registered as a community asset, meaning the Save Temple Cowley Pools group could buy it and save it for the community.

About 20 people were involved in the demonstration shortly after midday.

Dr Hojjat Ramzy, a representative of the Muslim Community of Oxford, was one of those who took part. He said: “These facilities are vital for the health and well being of the Cowley community. This is an insult to the people of Cowley.”

  • Our top stories:

Video: Campaigners gather in East Oxford to call for independent inquiry into Operation Bullfinch

Oxford Mail:

7:03pm Monday 30th March 2015

PROTESTERS gathered in the pouring rain at a vigil in East Oxford to voice calls for an independent inquiry into Operation Bullfinch.

Woman pushed to ground as bag snatched in Faringdon

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

6:03pm Monday 30th March 2015

A 34-year-old woman was pushed to the ground and had her bag taken from her in Faringdon.

Residents asked for just a Little-more for parish

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 30th March 2015

AN EXTRA 59p a week council tax in Littlemore could pay for a dedicated community worker, it has been claimed.

Banbury charity prepares puppies to help disabled

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 30th March 2015

THESE adorable pups couldn’t have more fun as they bonded with each other as they embark on their journey to help those in need.

‘Plans to scrap subsidies could spark city leisure centre price hike’

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 30th March 2015

LEISURE centre prices could go up in the city if plans to scrap subsidies go ahead, a council watchdog committee fears.

Weather alert: High winds feared for this evening and Tuesday

Oxford Mail: Snow set for Gloucestershire as Met Office issues severe weather warning

4:04pm Monday 30th March 2015

OXFORDSHIRE has been put under a yellow weather warning for high winds this evening and tomorrow.

Comments (6)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

7:10am Mon 14 Jul 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Isn't this all about competition between property developers?

SaveTCP CIC are working with developers on a plan to build out 30+ apartments as well as "community rooms" on the Temple Road brownfield site around a minute walk away.

This site, if built out to the same timescale, will be in direct competition.

Shame that the chap from Haboakus isn't working with SaveTCP CIC really - it would make quite a good TV programme - "Grand Business Designs?"...
Isn't this all about competition between property developers? SaveTCP CIC are working with developers on a plan to build out 30+ apartments as well as "community rooms" on the Temple Road brownfield site around a minute walk away. This site, if built out to the same timescale, will be in direct competition. Shame that the chap from Haboakus isn't working with SaveTCP CIC really - it would make quite a good TV programme - "Grand Business Designs?"... Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 4

7:41am Mon 14 Jul 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

Maybe if people had actually used the community centre when it was there and not the odd five or six people it would have survived.
Maybe if people had actually used the community centre when it was there and not the odd five or six people it would have survived. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
  • Score: 5

8:11am Mon 14 Jul 14

Geoff Roberts says...

The council plans to close Oxford Town Hall and replace it with a new multi-million pound Town Hall in Bicester.

So don't complain, you'll get a shiny new town hall and still be able to get the bus to it.
The council plans to close Oxford Town Hall and replace it with a new multi-million pound Town Hall in Bicester. So don't complain, you'll get a shiny new town hall and still be able to get the bus to it. Geoff Roberts
  • Score: 1

12:23pm Mon 14 Jul 14

King Joke says...

Surely we need flats at the TCP site AND on Barns Rd? We need more homes in general and better to have them somewhere, like Cowley, that already has shops, schools, bus routes etc.

Geoff, Bicester is about 45 mins away whereas BBL is about 8 min from Cowley... bit of a difference!
Surely we need flats at the TCP site AND on Barns Rd? We need more homes in general and better to have them somewhere, like Cowley, that already has shops, schools, bus routes etc. Geoff, Bicester is about 45 mins away whereas BBL is about 8 min from Cowley... bit of a difference! King Joke
  • Score: 2

1:47am Tue 15 Jul 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

"Dr Hojjat Ramzy, a representative of the Muslim Community of Oxford"
Which one? Shi'ite? Sunni? Wahhabi? Other?
And precious little "community" of anything between them.
"Dr Hojjat Ramzy, a representative of the Muslim Community of Oxford" Which one? Shi'ite? Sunni? Wahhabi? Other? And precious little "community" of anything between them. Lord Palmerstone
  • Score: 0

7:42am Tue 15 Jul 14

King Joke says...

In most UK provincial towns doesn't one sect tend to dominate as people migrate to where there are already family members or friends from the same country? All the same it would be interesting to learn which.
In most UK provincial towns doesn't one sect tend to dominate as people migrate to where there are already family members or friends from the same country? All the same it would be interesting to learn which. King Joke
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

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