Community Development Committee

Committee Membership 2017 – 2018

Chairman – Roger Bell

Deputy Chairman – Simon Kimberley

Noel Bullock

Neil Dawson

Andrew Dalton

Wyn Kidger

Shirley Varley

The main duties of the Community Development Committee are to: consider matters relating to crime prevention and public safety; consider Morley heritage, tourism, leisure centre and public park issues; consider business, retail, voluntary and community group liaison issues; and administer Community and other grants.  This committee administers the budget for Morley entertainment with events such as the Lantern Festival, Christmas Lights Switch-on, Easter Bonnet Parade and the Summer Entertainments Programme, among others.

Application for Community Grant

An information sheet showing details of a community grant that is available to voluntary and community organisations within the Morley Town Council area can be downloaded below, together with an application form.

Committee Meetings

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1.         Attendance and Apologies for Absence
2.         Declaration of Disclosable Pecuniary and Other Interests

To disclose or draw attention to any disclosable pecuniary interests for the purposes of Section 31 of the Localism Act 2011 and paragraphs 13-18 of the Members’ Code of Conduct.  Also to declare any other significant interests which the member wishes to declare in the public interest, in accordance with paragraphs 19 to 20 of the Members’ Code of Conduct.

3.         To approve minutes of the meeting held on 7/9/17

4.         To receive verbal report on Policing matters

5.         To discuss CCTV matters:-

(i)         To receive update on CCTV matters from LCC

6.         To discuss feedback from:-

(i)         Heritage ‘Open Days’ Tours 9/9/17

7.         To discuss arrangements for:-

(i)         Lantern Festival and Disco 26/10/17

8.         To consider Grant Applications:-

(i)         Grants awarded to date in 2017/18

(ii)        Grant applications:-

(a)  Morley Community Church (representatives will attend)

9.         To receive verbal update on progress of proposal submitted by Mr A Paver/Befriending Service – Cllr N Dawson

10.       To approve item(s) of expenditure, as follows:-

(i)         Invoice dated 9/9/17 from Office of The Police & Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire for £16,848.00 (no VAT) re. Contribution to 4 additional PCSO’s for July to Sept 2017.

11.       To receive items of correspondence (for information only)

12.       Date and time of next meeting

















1.         Attendance and Apologies for Absence
Present:  Cllrs R Bell (Chairman), S Varley, N Bullock, W Kidger, N Dawson and A Dalton (late arrival).

R Kennedy (Town Centre Manager), G Fowler (Tingley Brass Band) and W Maynard-Light (Deputy Town Clerk) also attended.

Apologies were received from Cllr S Kimberley.

2.         Declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary and Other Interests

There were no declarations of interest.

3.         To approve minutes of the meeting held on 8/6/17

The minutes of the meeting held on 8/6/17 were not agreed as there were insufficient councillors who attended that meeting, present.  These should be presented at the next meeting for approval.

4.         To receive verbal report on Policing matters

No Police representative was in attendance.

5.         To discuss feedback from:-

(i)         Pop-up cinema 17/6/17

R Kennedy gave a verbal overview of the event, which was within budget.  Budget costings tabled and these were agreed.  Positive feedback was received from people attending both cinema viewings.  The weather was excellent.  More income could be generated from more advertising of local businesses and a wider variety of concessions available, should this event be considered for next year.

Cllr Dawson endorsed the event and commented on the good atmosphere with a suggestion that next year Scatcherd Park be considered.

Cllr Kidger mentioned the lack of response from councillors to volunteer as marshalls for the event.  This would require addressing for future events.

(ii)        Morley March & Hymn Tune Contest 18/6/17

G Fowler gave a verbal report on the contest, which was again successful.  Next year he will use social media for advertising the event.

Cllr Bell remarked on the length of time taken between the final band playing and awarding the prizes.

G Fowler left the meeting at this point.

6.         To discuss arrangements for:-

(i)         Yorkshire Day 29/7/17

R Kennedy reported that all costs/expenditure for the day would be met by the Town Centre Management Board.

(ii)        Heritage ‘Open Days’ Tours 9/9/17

Tours registered with Heritage Trust.  Volunteers are required to serve refreshments at the end of the two tours.  Email to be sent out to Councillors requesting assistance.

(iii)       Lantern Festival and Disco 26/10/17 and approve appropriate expenditure

R Kennedy reported that there was a dispute with Lettings at LCC re hiring the Alexandra Hall and charges applied, this is now being dealt with by Cllr Finnigan.  Volunteer Marshalls will be required for the event and R Kennedy will be attending the next Full Council to highlight the issue.  The event will be ticketed.

7.         To consider Grant Applications:-

(i)         Grants awarded to date in 2017/18

Grants awarded £1848.80.  This item was noted.

Cllr A Dalton arrived at this point.

(ii)        Grant Applications:-

(a)  Churwell Community Association

No representatives attended.  However, members reconsidered the application and following a lengthy discussion, it was agreed that this application did not meet the criteria and the grant was not approved.

8.         To discuss arrangements for Schools’ Music Festival 2018 and possible associated expenditure

Following a discussion, it was agreed to hold the Music Festival on Saturday, 24th March 2018.  Deputy Town Council to make the room booking.  Volunteer marshalls will be required for this event.

9.         To consider Public Question submitted to Full Council on 10/5/17 by Mr A Paver, as follows:-

“The NHS has stated that more Care in the Community is urgently needed to take pressure off the over-stretched resources of the NHS.  Would Morley Town Council actively support my proposal to have a locally administered volunteer befriending service to support vulnerable housebound members of our community?”

Cllr Varley gave a verbal overview of this item and informed members that she wanted to withdraw from being on the Working Group due to a ‘conflict of interests’.

Cllr Kidger and R Kennedy left the meeting at this point.

Following a discussion, Cllr Dawson undertook to refer this matter to LCC Adult Social Care.

10.       To receive items of correspondence

There were no items of correspondence.

11.       Date and time of next meeting

The next meeting is scheduled to take place on Thursday, 7th September 2017 at 7pm.


Morley Town Council is committed to ensuring the provision of a high standard of cost-effective and best value for money community services, which will enhance the quality of life for the residents of the area.