Ripponden one of best places to live in UK

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Ripponden has been included for the first time The Sunday Times’s annual Best Places to Live in Britain list.

The guide combines data and statistics such as crime rates, house prices and school performance with local knowledge to compile the definitive top 101 best locations to make your home.

The places were selected for offering the best quality of life to the widest number of people, and combining desirable features such as a positive community spirit, good local shops and services and attractive outdoor spaces.

Ripponden is the only town in Calderdale on the list, and joins Otley and Chapel Allerton as one of three towns on the list from West Yorkshire.

Councillor Geraldine Carter (Con, Ryburn) was excited when she heard the news.

She said: “It’s wonderful - absolutely fabulous. I’m really pleased someone agrees it’s a good pace to live.

“We have some very good pubs and restaurants and some designer shops as well.

“I’m a bit bias because I’ve live in Ripponden all my life, but it really is a fantastic place to live - it’s got a great community spirit.”

Diane Hitchen, owner of The Larder Delicatessen, belives that Ripponden thrives because local people support local business and the area has excellent transport links to Leeds, Manchester and London.