Fears over secret caverns on the Stray

A digger filling in with sand the underground caverns on the Stray near to Christ Church in Harrogate.

A digger filling in with sand the underground caverns on the Stray near to Christ Church in Harrogate.

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Forgotten caverns under Harrogate’s Stray are to be filled in after being branded an “accident waiting to happen”.

The vast underground chambers, once used to store up to 20,000 gallons of mineral water for the town’s famous spas, have been left to rot for more than 100 years.

Now, after their existence was revealed by the Harrogate Advertiser, they are to be filled in as fears are raised about a potential collapse.

But the move, costing tens of thousands of pounds, has been branded “neurotic health and safety nonsense” by campaigners who are calling for them to be preserved.

“It’s a pure waste of money,” said one ‘Advertiser reader.

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