A Stanbury reservoir is to benefit from a £60 million improvement programme across Yorkshire.

A new spillway will be built at Lower Laithe Reservoir, along with further improvements to the boundary wall.

The aim of Yorkshire Water’s five-year programme is to maintain and modernise 44 reservoirs. Following detailed inspections, work will be undertaken to upgrade some overflow channels and embankments.

Phase one will involve inspections of several reservoirs in the Keighley area.

Richard Sears, Yorkshire Water’s manager of community engagement, said “These structures stand today as testimony to the great skills and foresight of our Victorian forefathers.

“This programme of work will ensure that Yorkshire Water can continue to provide a plentiful supply of high quality drinking water for many years to come.

“Many of the reservoirs have become popular with people for activities, including walking, cycling, fishing, bird-watching and sailing.”

Mr Sears said that the needs of such users would be fully taken into account .

Reservoirs due to be inspected during phase one of the programme include Ogden Reservoir, near Denholme; Weecher Reservoir, above East Morton; and Deanhead Reservoir, Walshaw Dean Middle Reservoir, Widdop Reservoir, and Gorple Lower and Upper Reservoirs, all on the moors between the Worth Valley and Hebden Bridge.