Read our climate emergency declaration

General Election - register to vote

Mapledurham Playing Fields and Pavilion


iFrame map


Woodcote Road, Caversham, Reading, RG4 7EZ

Works 2019/2020

September 2019 Update

On the west side, Parks staff will be marking out the football pitches and re-seeding the grass edges to the newly installed footpaths. A temporary bench has been installed by the new footpath at the south end of the playing fields. At the request of neighbours this bench will now be moved to further into the playing fields to avoid disturbance by persons in the late evenings. New benches will be installed along the new central footpath when it is installed next year.

On the east side of the playing fields Agripower Ltd are continuing to strip and screen the topsoil of large stones and will be relaying the stone and then topsoil back onto this area to form a new playing surface. Agripower will also be forming the edges of the new playing area which will mean a small section of the heras fence moving very slightly to enable this part of the work to be done. In advance of this, Parks staff have removed some of the undergrowth along the fence line to keep pedestrian access open around the playing fields. The new soakaway has now been installed and once the screening and re-profiling works are complete the new drainage lines will be installed across this area during September and will include stone deliveries to back fill the drainage runs. We are looking to make these deliveries through the existing Mapledurham car park but this is dependent on Kier completing their works in the car park entrance road and the car park section to the playing fields. If their works are for some reason delayed then we will look to use the access route at the top of Hewett Avenue across footpath 43 for these deliveries until the car park entrance is available for access. This will mean the temporary closure of footpath 43 and a temporary traffic order on the bend of this road at those times when a delivery is made. We will look to keep these operations to a minimum.

In September Agripower will also start to install the new play area as part of their works and this is to be located in the area at the north west of the site where their machinery is temporarily located. Neither the design nor location of play area is changed but it will be re-oriented (turned by 900) to give more room between the football pitch to the west and the play area itself.

We have been asked by neighbours about the orientation of the football pitches on the new playing area with possibly goal mouths backing onto neighbour's gardens. Discussions are being held with Caversham Trent Football Club about this and they are taking a pragmatic approach to the orientation of the pitches and are listening to your concerns when they look at a layout of the pitches for the September 2020 football season.

We have been asked when the pavilion refurbishment works will start. The actual construction work has been dependant on the £1.36m from the DfE which has now been received by the Trustees. In the interim a local architect has been appointed and initial design work started with community representatives. Detailed design work will now continue with a final design to be approved by Trustees. This work is dependent on all parties agreeing on the detailed pavilion design, planning approval and procuring a contractor within a short timeframe. If we receive the necessary approvals and have a contractor on board, we would look to start work in February 2020.

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

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 or mobile 07720 681 138 or visit the school webpage on

pdf icon Landscape plan document [439kb]

pdf icon Community use agreement 2019 [536kb]

In this area

Switch To High Contrast Mode