It is common knowledge that there are complications with Oxford City`s Marsh Lane site regarding the high water-table and the risk of flooding.
Resolving this issue has always been uppermost in the Vanarama National League South club`s minds and has added complexity to the design of the new 3G pitch to be located within the stadium.
Recent confirmation of compliance to a condition of the planning permission regarding calculations on the rate of surface water drainage has highlighted a further opportunity to increase the certainty of the flood solution. However, the construction change required to improve further the amount of water retained within the new 3G pitch structure, and its rate of outfall, would add another week to the schedule and the club have unfortunately simply run out of time to complete the conversion this summer.
The National League rules require the new pitch to pass inspection by mid-July, even though the season will not start until 6th August, so the window of opportunity for construction was always going to be very tight.
Strategically, however, this important project is still on-going and the club are continuing to work closely in partnership with landlords Oxford City Council and are both committed to ensuring that everything is in place to install a new top quality 3G stadium pitch in time for season 2017/18.