Plan for more parking in Morley town centre

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Morley town centre is to get much needed new parking space.

A car park, which will offer 12 spaces, is being planned at the junction of St Paul’s Street and South Queen Street, which is brownfield land.

The move comes after years of campaigning by traders, residents and Coun Neil Dawson.

Residents say their streets are choked by workers and shoppers parking indiscriminately, while traders say their businesses are hit by the lack of parking at that side of the town centre.

Coun Dawson said: “For many years there has been a problem caused by a shortage of parking space in this area.

“It has not been developed to meet the needs of modern life.

“This was an informal car park but it was lost in recent years when more houses and flats were built in the area”.

“The nearest car park is on Fountain Street, opposite the Pavilion, and it quickly fills up every morning.

“The result has been problem parking in neighbouring streets.

Coun Dawson added: “I have campaigned long for extra parking space and I welcome application which I will be supporting for approval”

The plan, which has been submitted to Leeds City Council, says the parking will be for a seven year period, which will be available 24 hours a day.

It is not yet known if the parking will be free or will work on a pay-and-display system.

To see the plan, or to comment, visit www.leeds.gov.uk/online-applications and search for reference 16/02007/FU.