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.

Preparation work is complete and we have now seeded the area.

Scarecrows have also been placed across the site to try and prevent birds from eating the seeds which have been made by various primary schools across the district.

Thank you to the children, parents and teachers from Belmont Grosvenor, Coppice Valley Primary, Killinghall Primary, Oatlands Community Junior, Pannal Primary, Rossett Acre Primary, Starbeck Primary and Woodfield Primary schools for their involvement.

To protect the new grass you will not be able to enter the area or use the footpaths within the orange netting. During this time we will also be repairing the footpaths.

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
  • rotovated, sub-soiled and harrowed ahead of seeding
  • installed drainage works at the corner of Otley Road and West Park
  • 14 trees have been removed that were either dead or in very poor condition. However, 26 replacement trees will be planted in autumn/winter
  • seeded the area

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.