Current Recreational Facilities in Doxey
Note : The ownerships and boundaries shown on the above map are estimates, given our current information. If there are any errors, 'PlaySpace for Doxey' would like them corrected. Please inform us of any inaccuracies.
This area (.547ha 1.35acres) was originally part of the school complex but was not required and re-allocated as public open space.
There has been some equipment there but it has been subject to vandalism (see below). The Borough Council would like the Parish Council to take it over but at present, with its unsatisfactory situation, this is unlikely to happen.
It is unsatisfactory because :
It might be suitable for BMX or skateboarding by the older children.
If there was a path/cycleway (to The Crescent/Walland Grove) running through/alongside it would be safer to use.
A2. Play Area at end of The Crescent
This small area which, is quite well equipped, is fairly well used by the residents in the roads off the Crescent. But is not accessible from the main estate and Doxey Fields.
It is only suitable for young children.
This field was created by
(Grinding Wheel) c1952 and has been used for most of the time since
then. After falling into disrepair in the early 2000s it was
refurbished by the Parish Council soon after it's creation in 2005 and used for communal village events (Doxey Day - see above).
It is currently used by two teams – Doxey Universal and Stafford Falcons. It is used for youth coaching - the Police led Saturday sessions have been instrumental in lowering anti-social behaviour in the area over the last two years.
The area on which the pitch stands is used by children as a general play area and is crossed by two unofficial footpaths used to walk from Doxey into town and from Derrington to Doxey.
This is part of the area owned by Saint-Gobain Abrasives which has now been fenced off and notices have been erected discouraging public access.
B2. Play Area – William Sutton Centre
The is a play area for younger children beside the William Sutton Centre in Sutton Drive. However lack of supervision and occasional vandalism by older children has meant that it is no longer generally available.
B3. Bowling Greens – Universal Social Club
Universal Social Club's
section maintains 3 greens (one ex-tennis courts) at the site near
the new Castle View development. These are well maintained and
available for members to use at any time. Although this is a private
club there are (practically) no restrictions on membership. The area is
contained within the Castle View development (see E1 below).
Prior to the rebuilding of the estate in 1989 the was a largish area of land to the south of Conway Road (roughly on the site of Broadmeadow Croft ). This had some play equipment and there was room for children to run-around although ball games were discouraged. It was not entirely satisfactory as the area was very close to the road and bus stop and sometimes was covered in broken glass.
There were allotments on the northern side of Greensome Lane (near present Greensome Close) these suffered from theft of produce and equipment. This was not a specifically Doxey problem as all allotments in the town are now securely fenced.
C3. Tennis Courts
The tennis courts at the Universal Sports club were converted to Bowling greens. (see above)
C4. Cricket Pitch
The Universal Cricket pitch has not been used for many (15?) years. It required extensive drainage to keep it usable.
There is very little space in Doxey for people to walk. There are two public footpaths.
This path, which dates back to pre-Victorian times, runs through land owned by Saint-Gobain which has not been used agriculturally for over 20 years. It is used to reach the Greenway and is extensively used it to exercise dogs.
The future of the land adjacent to the path is uncertain.
D2. Greensome Lane to the Railway line via the Ridgeway (Path 39)
This path which follows the line of the old 18th Century lane from Doxey to Tillington is used to access the area near to Doxey Marshes. It is used to walk dogs but is a 'dead-end' and does not lead to anywhere else. The adjacent land is privately owned.
D3. Unofficial Paths (purple dashes on map)
Over the years Doxey residents have established a network of paths which have no official status. The main ones are :
There are also some paths adjoining the marshes accessible via path 39 (see above)
E1. Castle View Estate (Redrow Homes)
Part of the old Universal site has already been sold and is being developed by Redrow (Castle View Estate map). An area, adjoining the football pitch, is being set aside for recreation. Current plans include a MUGA (Multiple Games Area) and possibly a BMX track. The Parish Council is currently negotiating with the Borough Council over its use.
While this extra space is welcome it should be realised that this land is primarily for the use of the residents of the Castle View Estate. National and local planning policies expect future developers to fulfil similar obligations.
The areas, south of the main road, marked P1-P5 on Map 1 are likely to be developed for housing in the next 10-20 years.
P2. Land owned by Lord Stafford (north of the Greenway)
P3 / P4 Ownership not known at present
P5. Land Owned by Lord Stafford south of the Greenway
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Neil Thomas : 07837 015 096