Aging Leeds district centre set for £190k revamp

Middleton District Shopping Centre, Middleton, Leeds. STORY LUCY LAING.
Middleton District Shopping Centre, Middleton, Leeds. STORY LUCY LAING.
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A £190,000 fund will give a south Leeds shopping centre a much-needed revamp.

The funds, from the Middleton Asda development, will help to pay for car park improvements as well as ground lighting and the rebranding of Middleton District Centre, in St George’s Road, Middleton.

A report to Leeds City Council’s Planning Board has stated that £40,000 will go towards district centre improvements such as car park resurfacing, landscaping and the revamp of shop frontages.

The rest of the money is to be spent on “public realm improvements” to improve the visual appearance of the area.

Coun Kim Groves (Lab, Middleton Park) has been working with traders at the centre and at Middleton Park Circus in a newly established ‘town team’ to decide how the funds should be spent through discussions with the private owners of the district centre.

She said: “It’s much-needed. This is something the public feels strongly about and not something that is easy to influence from a council point of view because it’s privately owned.

“I feel really confident that within the next few months it will come to fruition.”

Middleton District Centre has been open to shoppers off Middleton Ring Road for around 30 years and is situated on the opposite side of St George’s Road to the new Asda development.

Coun Groves added: “It’s been a difficult process that we have been working through for two years.”

Asda Middleton opened in May last year and brought more than 300 jobs to the area as well as a contribution of section 106 money to be spent locally. Hundreds of residents queued to be among the first inside the new supermarket when it opened.

The council report stated: “The improvement of the district centre has long been sought, and would fit with council’s plans to improve regeneration areas.”