Management board aims to keep town thriving

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Morley town centre has been the focus of a pro-active management board for the last three years and will continue to do so as Morley town centre continues to thrive as a busy shopping environment.

Morley Town Centre Management Board is a vibrant three-way partnership between Morley Town Council, Morley Chamber of Trade and Commerce and Leeds City Council leading the way to ensure the town centre remains a safe, secure and clean environment for shoppers and business owners to enjoy and prosper.

Coun Robert Finnigan, chair of the board, said: “The board is a partnership between different groups who are working together to keep the town centre thriving and sustainable. It is clear that working in this collaborative way means Morley has coped better in these difficult financial times than many of its competitor towns.”

The Board runs as a voluntary group investing time and resources into the town centre, leading on a popular events calendar to attract local people and visitors into the town throughout the year. The Board works closely with key partners including Environmental Health and Police Neighbourhood Team.

The Town Centre Management Board was set up in 2012 as a committee tasked with overseeing Queen Street and the surrounding area.

Around 12 members sit on the board - comprised by three representatives from each partner.

Amongst its previous actions in recent times has been the banning of charity collectors, or ‘chuggers’ on the high street from last October.

The board was also involved in negotiations to bring Wetherspoons to the town and consults over pieces of art and architecture, including Beryl Burton Gardens.