Digital plan for Leeds town centre

UPGRADE: Plans are under way for a new wireless internet network in Morley town centre.
UPGRADE: Plans are under way for a new wireless internet network in Morley town centre.
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Plans to bring Morley’s high street into the digital age by installing a new wireless internet system in the town centre have taken a step forward.

Councillors have met with planning and street lighting officers at Leeds City Council to discuss the next steps in setting up the Wi-Fi network.

They were exploring where technical equipment to support the scheme could be installed.

Town councillor Coun Robert Finnigan said: “We need to get the legal process concluded which will enable us to deliver this scheme and support a vibrant digital town centre.

“I am optimistic we can get the scheme up and running across Morley town centre before the end of the year.”

The new network, supported by Morley Town Council, aims to provide a platform to promote local shops, restaurants and businesses and publicise events and festivals.

It is hoped this will increase footfall into the town from locals and tourists and boost the local economy.

Morley Town Centre manager Rachael Kennedy said: “One of the things I hear over and over again is that businesses are struggling and don’t have the budget for marketing.

“Through this Wi-Fi scheme, we want to create a digital marketplace to promote them, help them and showcase what is on offer in Morley.”

People would be able to log on to the network as they visited the town. They would then be able to access deals for local businesses as well as viewing what is on offer in the town.

The Wi-Fi network, which is expected to include Queen Street and the surrounding area, could also eventually pave the way for a new on-the-go click and collect service, meaning shoppers could pick up all their goods under one roof.