Hundreds flock to Morley travellers’ camp meeting

Residents queue down Windsor Court to get into the meeting.
Residents queue down Windsor Court to get into the meeting.

Councillors vowed to fight plans for a permanent traveller site at a meeting in Morley last night.

More than 500 people packed into Morley Town Hall to discuss the future of the site off Valley Road near Morley train station.

Coun Robert Finnigan, who was chairing the meeting, said: “We need to make sure our arguments are based on strong thinking, not strong emotions.

“The rest of Leeds wants the problem to be pushed onto Morley, well we have done our bit and it is time the rest of Leeds did too.”

Morley south Leeds City counciollor Neil Dawson said: “I am pleased to see a united front in Morley to stop the plan for a travellers site at Morley station. My main priority now is stop further potentially damaging work at the site and I have spoken with the executive councillor responsible, Councillor Gruen, this morning to ensure the stop notice served on the owner by the Council is now legally enforced.”

Some people attempting to get into the town hall were turned away by police, such were the numbers of people in the meeting.

Coun Shirley Varley claimed there was Japanese knot weed under the site, and added: “This will be over my dead body.”

See the full story in tomorrow’s Morley Observer.