Morley Observer Column

At last, it’s finally starting to feel like spring.

What a difference a few days of sunshine and some extra hours of daylight can make. Everyone seems more cheerful, and it’s much nicer weather to be out and about knocking on doors – as much as I enjoy being out with the team listening to people, come rain or shine, it is far more enjoyable when the sun is out.

And anyone who has been out and about in Morley town centre in the last couple of weeks will have noticed another reason to be cheerful.

Because, with the Britain in Bloom judges in town last week, hard working volunteers have been taking extra pride in our area. No-one can have missed the beautiful flowers which have sprung up around town, in pots and flowerbeds and looking even more impressive than previous years.

The ‘In Bloom’ team have been keeping the streets tidy too – picking up litter and showing off the best of Morley. The effort that goes into the competition is a great example of the pride that can be seen in our town all year round –joining celebrations like the Literature Festival and the St George’s Day Parade.

Unfortunately not everyone shows the same pride in our area. Out on the doorstep this weekend I was with the team in the streets surrounding Hembrigg Park and one concern which came up time and again was the small scale but frustrating litter and anti-social behaviour in their community.

With Government funding cuts – particularly in policing and council services – now beginning to bite, I know people are worried that this anti-social behaviour and similar low level nuisances will get worse over coming months. I’m worried too, and I’ve been keeping the pressure on the Government and fighting for important local services that matter to people round here.

As the weather improves and the days are longer it’s great that more people are out enjoying the town centre, parks and green spaces. The majority have consideration for those who live in the surrounding areas, as well as the volunteers working hard to show off Morley at its best and I have no doubt that this year’s Morley in Bloom will be the best yet.

I congratulate all the fantastic volunteers who have been working hard to keep the town looking great in the sunshine, and if I haven’t yet knocked on your door, you can get in touch and share the issues that matter to you through my website.

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Posted April 6th, 2011 by Ed's team