All systems go for town centre plans

Queen Street, Morley
Queen Street, Morley

Plans to make Morley town centre more sustainable and embrace the digital age with Wi-fi and social media have been approved.

Members of Leeds Outer South Community Committee approved a grant of more than £8,000 from the council’s wellbeing budget to be invested into the high street last week.

Coun Neil Dawson, who sits on the committee, said there was “little debate” about the proposal as it was passed unanimously. He said: “There were no negative comments from anybody. “The town centre is the lifeblood of Morley so it is really important that we promote it and everybody on the committee recognises the need to keep it going.”

The grant will be used to expand Rachael Kennedy’s role as town centre manager and will enable her to carry out detailed analysis of shopping habits in the area. Businesses who are not already on Twitter will also be urged sign up to the social media site as a means of improving their online presence.

Mrs Kennedy said: “I’m taking the role by the scruff of the neck. My first priority will be to get Wi-fi in the town centre up and running more successfully than it has been and I’m working with Leeds City Council and our other partners to do that. Beyond that, I’m working with our Executive Board to get people from the surrounding area to come in to Morley more regularly, either to have lunch or to meet with friends and to promote it as a great place to come and shop.”

Other projects granted funding by the committee at last week’s meeting included a £2,300 investment in equipment to help police reduce car thefts and money set aside for a new meeting hut for the Bridge Street Allotments Gardeners Association (BSAGA).