New maypole set to grace historic Manchester Square in Otley

Proposals for a new maypole in Otley have been given the green light by Leeds City Council this month.

As part of the £56k scheme, work is set to begin by the council on the installation of a new maypole in Manchester Square from the start of December. This follows the previous pole in the square being removed earlier in the year, due to safety concerns after an inspection found brown rot at its base.

A maypole has graced Manchester Square in Otley for more than half a century, and once delivery of the new maypole is taken in late 2014/early 2015, this work will ensure that this very proud tradition will be able to continue for many more years to come.

Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member for cleaner, safer and stronger communities said:

"It is really great news that funding has been given the go-ahead by Leeds City Council to install a new maypole in Otley’s historic Manchester Square.

"Work on the site is expected to start in December, and we are really looking to taking delivery of the new maypole, which we hope will be with us by the latest, early 2015.

"I would also like to personally thank Otley Town Council for their continued help and support on this project."

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