Community spirit?

Store should pay for festive lights

LAST week Morley town councillors were due to consider if they wanted to spend the £12,000 needed to fund Morley’s Christmas lights.

I certainly hope that Christmas is not cancelled, but Christmas can go ahead without our taxes funding Christmas lights and Christmas trees.

Morrisons supermarket has been trading in Morley since 1972; it is one of the Morrisons stores that earns more than £1 million every year.

In 2010 Morrisons was awarded fresh produce retailer of the year and meat retailer of the year. The entire Morrisons group made £632 million after tax, in the year up to 2011.

Morrisons is a very good supermarket that is well used by many of Morley’s residents, including myself; the store does very well, being Morley’s number one supermarket. It employs many local people and it is at the heart of our community, it benefits from a council-owned and run car park.

But now it is time for Morrisons to put some of our money back into Morley.

Morrisons can afford, at the very least, to brighten up Windsor Court with a Christmas tree and lights, but the funding for Morley’s entire Christmas lights would only cost £12,000 – not a great deal of money when the Morrisons in Morley makes more than £1 million every year.

And then Morley will show its appreciation by continuing to shop at Morrisons, week in, week out.

Tax payers’ money should be spent helping to keep open essential services such as Knowle Manor, and not funding Christmas lights.

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