Updated: Wednesday 29 April

We have created this page to keep you updated with information about the work to restore West Park Stray.

Firstly, we want to stress that we take our responsibilities for this piece of land very seriously and, like you, we want it brought back into use as soon as possible.

This week (1 May) we will be carrying out rotovating (a form of breaking up and aerating the soil) as well as spraying the grass.

The spray, that is not harmful to humans or animals, is applied prior to harrowing and re-seeding. As part of this process the grass will turn blue for a period of time to help distinguish where has been sprayed. The area is then left for a two-week period to take effect.

Work will resume mid-May and will involve rolling, sub-soiling and further harrowing in preparation of seeding. This is likely to take just over a week, ahead of seeding at the end of May.

We are also taking the opportunity to address the historical drainage issues at the corner of Otley Road and West Park. This will involve a ground survey of the area to establish what infrastructure is underneath. Once identified, appropriate drainage systems will be installed mid-May and will coincide with the overall restoration project.

So far, we have:

  • repaired all the damage to verges along Beech Grove, York Place and West Park
  • restored all bedding areas along West Park
  • repaired and reopened the footpath along West Park from the Prince of Wales roundabout to the top Montpellier Hill
  • removed the Heras fencing
  • made temporary repairs to the footpaths that cross the Stray

Background

Hosting the UCI road world championships was a major honour for our district and the exposure to a global audience will have long term benefits.

The event organisers spent £100,000 laying down 13,000 square metres of protective matting to minimise damage to the site. In usual circumstances this would be more than enough to prevent major damage. As it was, the protective matting was no match for the relentless rain we experienced during the nine days of the championships. It was one of the wettest autumn since the 1970s. Extra protective measures - such as straw - also proved to be ineffective as the rain continue to lash down.

Further updates

You can also watch our video updates highlighting the work that has and will be carried out.