Downside Dip Refurbishment 1st – 19th February 2021

The Parish Council want the play area to be a fun and safe place for children to enjoy playing. However, the play equipment at Downside Dip play area has become tired and worn. A working group of Parish Councillors removed the climbing frame and replaced the balance beams last year that were becoming unsafe. They got to work looking for replacements and the Parish Council decided to fund new equipment from Wicksteed.

The equipment will be installed between 1st -19th February 2021, and we ask for your patience as the Wicksteed team bring vehicles and equipment to the site.

With grateful thanks for support and contributions for the following equipment from Councillors Roz Smith, Glynis Phillips and Chewe Munkonge who represent the area at Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council.


The playing field gets saturated during the winter months, making it unplayable for the young footballers who use the pitches, and difficult for the many walkers, joggers and dog walkers who enjoy the fields. The Parish Council commissioned a survey of the land drainage and looked at a number of recommendations to help the situation.

Phase 1 of the drainage works was undertaken during lockdown 2 in November 2020. Volunteers came and worked with the grounds supervisor to clear overgrowth so that the open ditch could be accessed. White Horse Contractors were then able to clear out the open ditch, to install a new pipe across the field and repair an old pipe to improve the flow of water. They will return in the Spring to level the ground and re-seed with grass. The Parish Council is seeking external funding for the next phase of improvements.

Pavilion Project: A small group of interested parties (including representatives from cricket and football clubs) has been set up to assess the requirements for a new pavilion
on Risinghurst Playing Field with the aim of specifying a design and costing. We will keep you informed of progress.

Parks & Green Spaces

The Parish Council is looking for suggestions to improve the Olive Jacks Field play area at the top of Kiln Lane.

Tree Survey

Risinghurst Playing Fields Tree Survey Feb 2018

A visual tree assessment was undertaken to each of the trees that fall under the Parish Council’s responsibility, to identify defects and recommend and prioritise any remedial work.

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