Local councillors are investigating why a small pond on the Knavesmire has been excavated, leaving the site an unsightly mud bath (photo below). The site is off Bracken Road, next to Knavesmire Wood.
Council officers have been asked if they know why this excavation work has been done. York Racecourse has confirmed that the excavation work was not done by them or at their request.
In spring and summer months the pond has been a haven for wildlife, providing a place for frogs to spawn (photo below).