Christmas boosts town centre

Queen Street, Morley
Queen Street, Morley

Shops in Morley have reported a boom in business after a successful Christmas shopping season.

An increase in the number of people buying festive gifts and food locally has been attributed to the high footfall, which has given the local economy a welcome boost.

Town events manager Rachael Kennedy said: “You could certainly feel a positive vibe whilst walking along Queen Street in the week running up to Christmas, it was great to hear reports of increased sales from a number of independent shops in our town.

“There was a real buzz and talking to local people it’s great news that shoppers have been getting their food and drink from our local butchers and grocers. I spoke to boutique shops and gift shops in the town centre and they too said that they’d had an increase in sales.

Further attention will be paid to the high street when Morley’s executive board meets in the New Year to discuss ways in which the town centre can improve for years to come.

Ms Kennedy added: “We have an enthusiastic group of proactive people sat on the Board, all with lots of energy and innovative ideas. We need to put the plan in action now and make things happen to support our local traders.”

And the high street is soon to have another addition, with local estate agents Onwards and Upwards announcing their intention to move business from their current location in Bank Square to the ground floor of Milton House on Queen Street.