How to preserve Harrogate Stray after cycling madness turned it into mudbath - Yorkshire Post letters

How can the health and environmental benefits of The Stray in Harrogate be maximised?
How can the health and environmental benefits of The Stray in Harrogate be maximised?

From: Austin Spence, Harrogate.

I HAVE issues with The Stray in Harrogate.

The shocking state of The Stray after Harrogate hosted cycling's world championships in late September and early October.

The shocking state of The Stray after Harrogate hosted cycling's world championships in late September and early October.

Very rarely do I see it being used (perhaps on a Sunday morning for football), other than the occasional lonely walker traversing on the paths.

Many parts are not very pretty, they look a lot like Clapham Common (empty open grassland devoid of life/interest).

Five questions Harrogate residents want answering about Stray devastation after UCI Road World Championships – Yorkshire Post Letters

Could parts of the Stray be:

Can The Stray return to its former glory in the New Year?

Can The Stray return to its former glory in the New Year?

1. Rewilded (to encourage flora and fauna to flourish).

2. Wooded (to help absorb fuel emissions, add variety and adventure for children – again to support flora and fauna).

3. Made into a lake for boating and water wildlife.

Harrogate has a reputation as a town renowned for water and yet we have no real visible water features (save the tears in my eyes when I behold an empty Stray).

The above proposals are most certainly not monetising the Stray, more embracing its wonder, helping combat climate change, adding to the beauty of Harrogate and encouraging more tourists.

Harrogate Stray may be devastated but value of UCI championships to Yorkshire must not be underestimated - Yorkshire Post letters

They would still leave vast swathes as open grassland (for football, flying kites, bonfire night, the occasional festival – I loved that Hay on the Stray idea a few years back).

From: Terry Greenwell, Newcastle.

I’M sure I’m not the first correspondent on this matter but, as a frequent visitor to Harrogate, I was dismayed to see the state of the Stray after what I understand was a cycling event. I enjoy cycling myself but surely there can be no justification for this defacement of your much-loved public open space. Who on earth was responsible for this municipal vandalism?

Harrogate gained nothing from hosting UCI Road World Cycling Championships: Yorkshire Post Letters