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THE SAGA OF THE PROPS

The summer of 2017 proved very eventful for the Community Centre.

14th July ; Without warning the City Council closed the main hall. A wall in the hall, which had been supported by two props since September 16 , was considered to be a health and safety hazard. The decision was made despite the fact that a report by a consultant engineer had concluded that there was no risk of the wall collapsing.

17th July ; There was an emergency meeting of the trustees of the community centre, at which it was decided to challenge the closure and campaign for the hall to be re – opened. It was proposed that more props should be installed in the hall.

25th July ; A photo shoot at the community centre was attended by over 30 members of the groups which use the centre.

27th July ; The campaign featured on the front page of the “Oxford Mail” and other reports appeared in the “Oxford Times”, BBC South To – day, the “That’s Oxfordshire “ local TV channel and Radio Oxford.

31st July ; Following the media coverage and emails from groups and individuals a meeting was held with Council Officers and Councillors at the Town Hall.

6th August ; The Council agreed to install seven additional props in the hall.

8th August ; Work began on installing the additional props.

16th August ; The hall was inspected by the consultant engineer.

24th August ; The Council agreed to the re – opening of the hall.

29th August ; The hall re – opens.

We would like to thank the groups, individuals and local Councillors who supported the campaign to re – open the hall.

Richard Bryant ; Secretary , Bullingdon Community Association


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2017 brought some good news for the Bullingdon Community Association. The City Council have decided to fund a £500,000 renovation of the community centre, with the main work involving the replacement of the main hall. The hall is the original community centre, and was built in the late 1940's/early 1950s by local residents. Over the years the deteriorating condition of the hall has been a major concern for the BCA, because of leaks in the roof and cracks in one of the walls.

The community centre is used, on a regular basis, by 15 groups and around 400 people use the centre and outdoor facilities at Peat Moors every week. Since the closure of the Wood Farm Community Centre Bullingdon is the only community centre now serving the Lye Valley and Churchill wards, which have a combined population of over 15,000.

The BCA is keen to consult with user groups and the wider community about the most creative ways the funding can be used to improve the community centre. If you have ideas and want a say in the renovation contact Richard Bryant on Oxford 769263, or email richardb.bryant@ntlworld.com Our committee meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm and the meetings are open to residents of Lye Valley and Wood Farm.

This page will be updated when we have more information available on the plans and timetable for the renovation.
 
 
 

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