My plan for our area

Our ward is a great place and Matthew wants to make it the best place in Leeds to live, work and learn.

Investing in our local High Streets

Matthew has campaigned for more money to be invested in our local high streets and support for small businesses. Matthew said, "Local shops and High Streets matter to communities. They provide jobs, make our communities more vibrant and they were vital for many people in the pandemic. I'm proud to have secured money for our local high streets and plans are underway to introduce improvements such as new benches, improving digital connectvity, better parking, new bins and bike racks".

Improving local Policing
Matthew continues to argue for more visible local policing. As a Councillor he has supported more money into new local initiatives including tackling speeding, addressing burglaries and targeting more work locally to discourage anti-social behaviour and improve safety. Matthew said, "The increase in police numbers is excellent news, but the Labour Mayor of West Yorkshire isn't doing enough to ensure that communities like ours are protected or that the police are seen out on the beat".

Protecting and helping our environment 

Matthew has worked with residents and community groups to help improve our local environment. Matthew said, "I know this issue matters. From tree planting and preventing fly tipping, to proposals for installing solar panels on schools to help bring down energy bills, we are committed to doing our bit." Matthew has also led work to improve our rivers and flood defences as well as investing in new covert cameras to catch fly tippers who blight our communities.

Protecting the green belt and working together on planning matters 

Matthew and fellow Harewood ward Councillors have continued to stand up for their residents and resist Labour's plans to concrete over more greenbelt and greenfield land. Matthew said, "New housing needs to be targeted on brownfield land first to help regeneration. Labour don't understand our area. They want to build more houses without considering the impact on services, public transport or green spaces".

Investing in our local Schools and young people 
Education and skills training will help the next generation reach their full potential and secure good jobs. Matthew and his ward colleagues have supported and funded a number of initatives for local schools including better broadband, improving school libraries, new chairs for classrooms, green initatives such as greenhouses and vegetable patches, sports and after school clubs and road safety schemes around schools so children can cycle, scoot or walk to school safely.