Morley community schemes given £40k boost

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Nearly £40,000 worth of council funding will be ploughed into two community schemes in Morley in need of investment.

Morley Elderly Action (MEA) and children’s football club Woodkirk Valley FC are the beneficiaries of the money, which will be taken from 2015/16 Wellbeing Budget.

It is excellent news that despite the cutbacks in council funding that we can continue to subsidise the gardening service run by Morley Elderly Action.

Coun Neil Dawson

MEA’s Outer South garden maintenance scheme, which offers a subsidised gardening service for the elderly and infirm will receive £33,000 to allow it to continue its work.

The mobile service offers basic work such as grass cutting and hedge trimming for houseowners unable or incapable of doing so themselves.

Football club Woodkirk Valley FC will take a £3,000 share of the pot for repair work at its base, following problems with vandalism in recent times.

The Observer & Advertiser reported last year that yobs had burnt down the club’s perimeter fence and left litter and glass bottles strewn across the pitch.

Motorbikes have also been driven across the pitch on a regular basis, leaving disruptive marks behind.

The money will assist towards the overall cost of their £6,500 project.

Coun Neil Dawson (Labour), who lobbied for the funding, said: “It is excellent news that despite the cutbacks in council funding that we can continue to subsidise the gardening service run by Morley Elderly Action.

“This is an excellent service which elderly residents appreciate and value.

“The support for Woodkirk Valley FC is needed to protect their football pitch and will ensure that they can continue to concentrate on running football teams and encouraging people of all ages to be active and participate in sporting and community events.”