‘Time to put Morley firmly on the map’

Queen Street, Morley
Queen Street, Morley

High street shops are to be urged to sign up to Twitter as part of a social media campaign to promote Morley Town Centre.

A detailed three year plan to make the high street more sustainable and preserve Morley Market could soon be in place should its management board be granted extra funds next week.

Leeds City Council’s Outer South Community Committee will discuss plans to expand the role of the Morley Town Centre Management Board when it meets next Monday.

A wellbeing report, which has been put before councillors for approval, has suggested investing £8,000 into the board to help it carry out more strategic work and analysis of footfall in the town centre.

Rachael Kennedy, whose role as town events manager is set to be expanded as a result of the proposed investment, said: “This is the beginning of a long journey. Ultimately this is about putting Morley on a map in terms of retail and culture.

“I think social media will be a very powerful tool in this plan and we need to get shopkeepers on the high street and stall holders in Morley Market to work more closely together.

“We don’t want new businesses that come to Morley feeling as if they’re on their own. There is a lot of support there in the form of Management Board.”

The extension of free wi-fi on Queen Street, which first started last summer when then MP Ed Balls brokered a year-long deal with mobile phone company O2, is also a possibility.

Coun Robert Finnigan says the proposal had cross-party support on the committee and said: “There is a general acceptance that the town centre is doing well, but we can do better. I’d hope we see a more sustainable town centre and this will support that.”