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Mapledurham Playing Fields and Pavilion


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Woodcote Road, Caversham, Reading, RG4 7EZ

Update May 2020

There are a number of simultaneous building and improvement works taking place on Mapledurham Playing Fields. We will regularly update this webpage to keep you up to date.

Construction of the Heights Primary School

The ongoing construction of the Heights Primary School is being undertaken by Kier, on behalf of the Department for Education. For all enquiries relating to the construction of the Heights Primary School, please contact the Kier project manager on John.Hempton2@kier.co.uk.

The Council's Environment Protection team is also monitoring the school construction works. If Kier is unable to answer your question and your query is related to an environmental protection matter, please email environmental.protection@reading.gov.uk

If you feel the construction noise is excessive, or is taking place outside of the agreed prescribed hours (Monday-Friday 8am-6pm and Saturday 9am-1pm) you can submit evidence via The Noise App.' This can be downloaded onto a smartphone for free at https://www.thenoiseapp.com. This app is an online tool that enables residents to make and submit recordings of the noise that is affecting them. Recordings help provide supporting evidence to any breach of the agreed hours of work and will help the Council how best to further any investigation. Evidence on the noise app may be used in court if legal action is pursued taken and may be needed to support any evidence you submit.

Sports pitch works

Agripower's work, on behalf of the Council, on the new sports playing area is now nearing completion. The grass seeding of the whole area will be completed in early May. Heras fencing will remain in place until the new turf has been assessed by professional experts and the grass is established enough to walk on. Timescales for establishing the grass and removing the fencing will be dependent on the weather. The Council will then schedule any remaining works following any revised Covid-19 advice.

Pavilion works

Improvement work to the pavilion began in early March, by AYM Services Ltd. They were postponed due to Covid-19 health emergency and social distancing guidance.  Central Government has now said where construction work is able to safely continue it should do so to aid future economic recovery. AYM has now adjusted its working practices to reflect and meet this updated Government advice on social distancing rules.

Work restarted on the pavilion on Monday 4th May, with a reduced workforce, to build the small side extension and replace the existing roof and windows. The majority of further work is inside and involves refurbishing the interior of the pavilion by installing new heating, electrics, changing facilities and toilets.

The pavilion is a community facility we would like to re-open as soon for the community. To address any community concerns during refurbishment, a number of measures have been put in place. They include:

  • A smaller workforce to meet revised Covid-19 construction safety guidance and will mean less activity on site at any one time.
  • AYM is working with the Council's Environment Protection (EP) Team and are applying for a s61 noise licence to limit or reduce any noisy work where possible, to reflect that there are more people staying at home at this time
  • A noise monitor will be installed near the pavilion to automatically record noise levels to help the EP Team monitor noise and target any site visits on the pavilion works.
  • All compressors and generators, where practicable, will be 'sound reduced' models fitted with acoustic covers to remain closed whenever they are in use.
  • All plant and machinery is to be fitted with effective silencers where available, will be sited away from houses where practicable, and will be shut down when not in use.
  • The AYM site manager will letter drop nearest neighbours to provide information as work progresses and will also be available on site to listen to any queries about the pavilion works.

The Council will provide as part of this regular update a graph of the noise monitoring data each month to show the daily noise level recorded by the pavilion noise monitor.

The average daily noise level set by the Environmental Protection team for these works is 75db and the graph will show noise recorded against this limit.

The noise levels are continually being taken automatically while work is being undertaken to the pavilion and are provided directly to both the contractor and Environmental Protection team to review and to monitor noise levels independently.

AYM construction working hours are Monday-Friday 8am-6pm and, if needed, Saturday 9am-1pm. They will be arriving on site between 7am-8am to carry out safety checks but are aware that actual construction work is not permitted to start before 8am.

We have asked that AYM keep residents  updated on a regular basis. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Michael Leith, AYM site manager, on 07546 304440 or by email on Michael.leith@aymservices.co,uk. The Council will work directly with AYM to address concerns raised.

There is also a dedicated email address, mpfenquiries@reading.gov.uk  for all enquiries and comments relating to the Council's pavilion and wider landscape improvement works.

pdf icon Mapledurham new play area equipment [497kb]

pdf icon Plan of the landscape improvements [6Mb]

pdf icon frequently asked questions [261kb]

pdf icon Landscape plan document [439kb]

pdf icon Community use agreement 2019 [536kb]

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