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Community centre survey ‘lacks detail’
ROSE Hill residents have condemned a survey asking them what should be done with their community centre.
Oxford City Council is currently looking at two possibilities. The first is that all the community facilities will be offered from one new building, including a community centre, social club, advice centre and sports centre.
The other option is to refurbish the existing community centre and keep the pavilion and advice centre where they are.
The seven-question survey, delivered to all residents, asks six generic questions about community facilities such as “what activities and/ or services do you currently use in Rose Hill?” and “What one change in community facilities would make the most difference to you and/ or your family’s life and how?”
The survey only has one question specifically asking what residents would like in a community centre.
The proposals were due to be discussed at a South East Area Forum meeting at The Oval last night, but only for 20 minutes.
Vim Rodrigo, 80, ex-chairman of the Rose Hill Residents’ Association believesdthere needed to be a meeting dedicated just to this issue.
He said: “This survey is ridiculous. Except for question five, what is being asked is nothing to do with the community centre.
“They need to have a whole meeting devoted to it. At the moment the centre is not inviting.
“We want all the things suggested in the survey, I will be ticking all the boxes.”
Oxford City Council’s chief executive Peter Sloman presented the proposal for a new hub to community groups from the estate in July.
The centre, which would likely be built in Ashurst Way on the site of the current Rose Hill and Donnington Advice Centre and the Scout Hut, would require probably more than £1m investment.
Part of the cost will come from the £435,000 contributed by Taylor Wimpey and Oxford Community Housing Association as part of their agreement to build housing.
Pete Wilkinson, another member of the Rose Hill Residents’ Association said: “Some form of survey is absolutely essential, and this is a start, but only a start.
“We have to remember that on this estate there is a large percentage of people who don’t have English as a first language, and will find this survey confusing.
“It is important that we get to all the ethnic groups. We have one chance to get this right.”
If a new centre was built on a different site to the current one, the current community centre site could be developed as affordable housing.
Antonia Bance, ward councillor for Rose Hill, said: “I am really glad we are doing this survey, it is one of many opportunities to give people a say in what they want for their community facilities.”
The city council hopes that the new centre could be completed by 2015.