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Mapledurham Playing Fields and Pavilion


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Woodcote Road, Caversham, Reading, RG4 7EZ

Works 2019/2020

January 2020 Update

In west of the playing fields, the new children's play area successfully opened in its new location for the October half term holidays and has been a popular improvement to MPF. The perimeter wood post and rail fence has been installed along the MPF / Hewett Avenue boundary connecting the breedon gravel footpaths. The highways team will be looking to improve pedestrian access from the highway at the three entrances along Hewett Avenue into the playing fields. A temporary stone path has also recently been installed to connect the breedon pathway on this side of MPF to the new children's play area.

In the east of the playing fields, the work by Agripower Ltd to form the new sports playing area continued as planned but has been hampered by the large amount of wet weather experienced in late September and throughout October and November. The ground became too wet to continue the work and has meant the installation of lateral drains to one half and seeding of the whole area is yet to be done. Agripower aim to re-start their work once the ground is firm enough to take the machinery to complete this work; which is likely to be in the Spring, weather permitting. The heras fencing is to remain until this work is complete and when the grass has grown and is strong enough to walk on. In the meantime, the Parks team have been placing woodchip around the heras fence line where there has been heavy wear to the grass and become muddy with the wet weather. The Parks team were also going to install the new avenue of trees in December, but due to the delay in completing the new sports area, this has been postponed until next Winter. They will look to install the new central breedon gravel footpath this Summer.

The pavilion refurbishment works has achieved planning approval and the works are currently out to tender. The tenders will then be assessed and if within the approved budget, the aim is to appoint a contractor to start work in March. Pedestrian access from the community car park to the playing fields is currently by the west side of the pavilion. Once these works start, this side will be demolished and the pavilion slightly extended on this side to accommodate new changing rooms. To do this work safely, will mean pedestrian access from the car park to the playing fields will move to be along the side of the tennis courts.

pdf icon Mapledurham new play area equipment [497kb]

pdf icon MPF play area closure notice [222kb]


Reading Borough Council holds Mapledurham Playing Fields (MPF) in its capacity as charity trustee ("Trustee") of the Charity. The Charity is registered with the Charity Commission. The charitable object of the Charity is:

"the provision and maintenance of a recreation ground for the benefit of the inhabitants of the Parish of Mapledurham and the Borough of Reading without distinction of political, religious or other opinions."

There are two separate pieces of work taking place at the playing fields during 2019/2020.

  • Kier Construction Ltd is building The Heights Primary School. Kier is carrying out this work on behalf of the Department for Education (DfE).
  • Reading Borough Council is making improvements to the playing fields as part of a Landscape Plan to improve facilities for users of the playing fields

pdf icon Plan of the landscape improvements [6Mb]

For further information about the landscape plan and when it will happen during 2019 / 2020 please download the pdf icon frequently asked questions [261kb].

We have set up a dedicated email address for all enquiries relating to the landscape improvement works. Please email mpfenquiries@reading.gov.uk.

Please note: This is the contact address for queries relating to the Council's landscaping works only.

For all public enquiries relating to the Kier's construction of the Heights Primary School, please see the Kier site notice boards, speak directly to the site project manager, John Hempton or on John.Hempton2@kier.co.uk or mobile 07720 681 138 or visit the school webpage on  http://www.theheightsprimary.co.uk/.

pdf icon Landscape plan document [439kb]

pdf icon Community use agreement 2019 [536kb]

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