A disused underground reservoir on the Harrogate Stray, near to the Chist Church, has been been excavated and is currently being made safe with the chambers being filled with sand to ensure there is no risk of collapsing.
A spokesperson for the Duchy of Lancaster said:
For many years, the Duchy of Lancaster has provided the Stray as a public open space for the benefit of the people of Harrogate. Although maintained on a day-to-day basis by the council, as the landowner, the Duchy wishes to ensure the safety of people who use the land.
The disused reservoir beneath the Stray has been stable over the last few years, however as with all structures, it is degrading over time. As part of its commitment to Harrogate, the Duchy has used its own private money to fill the reservoir and thereby safeguard the Stray’s continued use.
The Duchy has carried out the work in cooperation with Harrogate Borough Council, who maintain the park, and has all the necessary permissions required.