Eynsham picture

Enter a query to search our site.

Note that you can use "*" and "?" as wildcards.

Enclosing more than one word in double quotes ("Letterbox") will search for the exact phrase.

 

extra content...

Tip: Looking for something?
Try the Site Search or the
Document Archive

Eynsham Parish Council

Dovehouse Come and Play

Dovehouse Come and Play

View Slideshow >>

On 10 April 2009 Eynsham Parish Council was awarded up to £45,000 to develop facilities for ages 8-13 at Wytham View play area. There were 32 applicants for financial year 2009-10 and only 11 Playbuilder grants available. The work must be completed by 31 March 2010. Further reading: Eynsham Play Areas; Play Area Committee; Gallery - official opening.

CONSULTATION

  • primary school consultationExtensive consultation included visits to the primary school, to discuss what local children would like to see. 75 households returned a completed survey form; view full results. Wytham View scored lowest of the three play areas, with an average 3.63 points on a scale of 1-5 (1=excellent, 5=insufficient).
  • The Parish Council held a free Play Day on 5 August 2009, as part of the consultation process. The event was open to young people aged 13 and under, accompanied by a parent or carer (permission slips for climbing had to be completed by an adult). Thanks to attractions such as a climbing wall, face painting, paper folding and football coaching / games, around 100 people came to join in the fun - click on the slideshow link above.
  • On Saturday 5 September all parishioners were invited to drop in at the Sports Pavilion on Oxford Road and see the Committee proposals. A further meeting was held with residents on 12 October - view notes.
  • To celebrate completion of the new play area, the Parish Council would like to rename the site. All children of 13 and under are invited to post their suggestions (plus age and contact details) in the library. The winner will be guest of honour at the opening.

GRANTS UPDATE

MILESTONES 2009

  • 20 October: Key recommendations from the Play Area Committee minutes:
    • To retain the current age range for the play area as 14 years and under.
    • To use the SE corner of the site for the junior multi-play unit - this should not have areas where youths can congregate and should comprise of ropes, scrambling nets etc and the issue of overlooking the swimming pool should be considered. Landscaping should be incorporated around the boundaries of the site. No shelter will be placed on site at present. The existing entrance should remain in its current position on the SW corner.
    • To request the police to place a greater priority on the area with immediate effect.
    • To work with residents to set up a working group to look at the play area in more detail with members from Council, local residents and users of the play area.
  • 4 November: proposals for Wytham View Play Area have been substantially revised in the light of feedback. Details are published here today - view site plan and representations of proposed equipment.
  • 17 November: the Parish Council has agreed that all points raised by the residents' & users' working group and the Primary School will be taken into account in the final design brief - read the minutes >>

MILESTONES 2010

  • 6 January: the final Design Brief was approved by WODC today. Work begins at once, with completion set for 15 March.
  • 12 January: the Play Area Committee has agreed a Project Plan - read the minutes. Don't forget the renaming competition!
  • 16 February: discussions on a local Neighbourhood Action Group are under way and a Play Area Policy has been drafted - read the minutes >>
  • 8 March: work began onsite today, with opening planned for the end of March and official opening on Friday 7 May at 15:30. The new Play Area Policy has been adopted by the Parish Council and is now online.
  • 16 March: the new area is now officially Dovehouse Come and Play - read the minutes >>
  • 25 March: a path has been laid across the area; foundations are in for the roundabout; diseased trees and misplaced branches have been removed; and hardcore is being spread at the western entrance to protect the grass from heavy equipment. New signs are on order for each entrance, acknowledging the main funding providers.
  • 7 April: the junior multiplay unit is taking shape around the trees and the swing frame has been installed. The slideshow includes work in progress - click on the link above.
  • 15 April: swing frames are all in, as are the uprights for the slide by the mounds. Framework for the tunnel is almost complete and the sandpit has been dug out. Pits have been dug under all frames ready for safety surfaces. Walkways, bridges, rails, slides etc are ready to have their final components attached; roundabout mountings are in place and just need final fitting.
  • 7 May: the former Wytham View Play Area has been transformed. There is a separate image gallery for today's official opening. You are warmly invited to support plans for future monitoring of the site - read more >>
  • 31 August: the Play Area now has its own supporters group - read the notes >>
  • 20 September: the basket swing at Dovehouse “Come and Play” has been damaged, with other items, in what seems a deliberate act of vandalism - read more >>
  • 17 November: the Play Area Committee met last night to consider a report from the residents' group and a quotation for planting - read the minutes >> >>

Related Documents
31/08/2010 Dovehouse Support Meeting
01/12/2009 Wytham View Design Brief
04/11/2009 Wytham View Equipment Proposals
04/11/2009 Wytham View Tree Survey
03/11/2009 Wytham View Mounds
03/11/2009 Wytham View Site Plan
12/10/2009 Wytham View Consultation Notes
  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 09/06/2009

    Flushed with success from the Playbuilder application, Linda Pialek sets up a display in Eynsham Library. Consultation forms were available in the library and at Eynsham Online and 75 responses were received in all.

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 09/06/2009

    drew attention to current shortcomings including ...

    Vandalism

    Anti-social behaviour

    Old equipment

    Broken equipment

    Lack of equipment

    Safety / security concerns

    ... and highlighted the 10 Playbuilder principles. Successful play spaces:

    1. Are ‘bespoke’

    2. Are well-located

    3. Make use of natural elements

    4. Provide a wide range of play experiences

    5. Are accessible to both disabled and non-disabled children

    6. Meet community needs

    7. Allow children of different ages to play together

    8. Build in opportunities to experience risk and challenge

    9. Are sustainable and appropriately maintained

    10. Allow for change and evolution.

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Linda Pialek 10/06/2009

    Students of Eynsham Primary School were closely involved in the planning. 79 pupils from years 5 and 6 took part in the discussion session.

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Linda Pialek 10/06/2009

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Sue Lee 05/09/2009

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Sue Lee 05/09/2009

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 05/08/2009

    held on 5 August, as part of the consultation process. Face painting was a runaway success and the queue didn't flag all morning.

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 05/08/2009

    Councillor Alan Collett takes a break from first aid duties to prepare a Play Day tee shirt

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 05/08/2009

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 05/08/2009

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 05/08/2009

    called for more concentration but very satisfying

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 05/08/2009

    was in steady demand from start to finish - and beyound ...

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 05/08/2009

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 05/08/2009

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 05/08/2009

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 05/08/2009

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 05/08/2009

    another runaway success for all age groups

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 05/08/2009

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 05/08/2009

    ideas for the new development continue to flow. Elly Podbery takes the challenge very seriously.

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 05/08/2009

    Parish Clerk Sue Lee in discussion with a local resident.

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 05/08/2009

    not much time for refreshments today

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 05/08/2009

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 05/08/2009

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 05/08/2009

    many visitors hung around longer to chat

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 05/08/2009

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 05/08/2009

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 05/08/2009

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 08/03/2010

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 08/03/2010

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 17/03/2010

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 18/03/2010

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 11/03/2010

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 24/03/2010

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 24/03/2010

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 24/03/2010

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 24/03/2010

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 26/03/2010

    all to be recycled onsite ... though some logs vanished rapidly for open fire homes in the area.

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 25/03/2010

    The mechanised wheelbarrow holds at least four times as much as a regular one. Trevor Stewart is shifting hardcore to the western entrance, to protect the grass from heavy equipment.

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 01/04/2010

    South-east corner – area 'A' on the site plan. Unit to be built around the trees and to have lots of climbing ropes, nets, etc attached.

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 07/04/2010

    In a matter of days it has begun to blend in.

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 07/04/2010

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 07/04/2010

    Southern boundary – area 'B' on the site plan.

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 24/04/2010

    Western boundary – area 'I' on the site plan.

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 27/04/2010

    wood sculptor at work on decorative hand and foot holds for the climbing wall. The foot of the wall will be very thickly carpeted with sand. The mound / boulder area also includes a tunnel and slide. South west corner – area F on the site plan.

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 30/04/2010

  • Andrews-richard
    Photo: Eynsham Online 22/04/2010

    The Children Schools and Families logo takes pride of place on signs for the new play area. The following slides show earlier months of planning and consultation.