Oxfordshire County Council has been successful in securing funding to deliver improvements to pedestrian and cycling routes within the County, a proportion of which has been provided to Oxford City Council to deliver schemes within Oxford. One such scheme identified is the provision of a new shared footpath/cyclepath at Donnington Playing Field, complimenting the schemes and principles set out in the Oxford Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan.
At present there is an informal route which runs between the current pedestrian access on Meadow Lane and then diagonally across the field to Cavell Road. This is used by pedestrians and cyclists, despite cycling not currently being permitted at the playing field. The result is that there is now a substantial rut across the field which presents difficulties for the recreational uses which take place at the field.
The proposals will provide a new footpath/cyclepath which is wide enough for pedestrians and cyclists to use at the same time and which will be provided with a porous surface to drain away water and allow for year round use. This route will run directly across the south of the playing field between Cavell Road and Meadow Lane, allowing for improved configuration of the playing field for pitches.
The existing entrance to the park from Meadow Lane will be retained, but will be changed to include a gate which will only allow pedestrians through.
During the preparation of this scheme, consultation has been undertaken with a number of key stakeholders, including users of the pitches and Oxford City Council officers regarding trees and ecology within the playing fields.
Please read the additional information provided on this consultation, and take the time to complete the feedback form as your views an opinions matter. The consultation opens on Monday 16 May 2022 and your response should be completed and returned by Sunday 5 June 2022.
What Happens Next?
Oxford Direct Services and their consultant Stantec will review the responses and where appropriate make amendments to the scheme and documents to be included with the planning application. The planning application will be made to Oxford City Council, who will in turn make the application documents available on their website, along with an opportunity for interested parties to comment on the planning application.
If the planning application is granted, Oxford Direct Services would want to deliver the scheme as soon as possible afterwards, to ensure the public can benefit from this new facility at the earliest opportunity.