So many reasons to love Hipperholme and Lightcliffe

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This is the Courier’s four-week campaign to show off all the great things that are going on in the villages of Hipperholme and Lightcliffe.

We are focusing on the main issues in the area, the people who live in it and what makes it a special place to live, work and socialise.

Main shopping area of Leeds Road, Hipperholme

Main shopping area of Leeds Road, Hipperholme

As well as two primary schools, a secondary school and a grammar school, there’s a tight knit business community and a big sports scene.

We’re also be looking at these, plus the areas that matter most to the residents, including the 11 years bus lay-by saga and the ongoing traffic problems at Hipperholme crossroads.

* Councillor David Kirton (Cons) said that the ward had seen much improvement recently.

“Work has taken place and continues to take place in all parts of the ward from Norwood Green to Bailiff Bridge,” he said.

* Fellow ward councillor Graham Hall (Cons) also praised the close community spirit, particularly when it came to sports teams and churches, and the friendly atmosphere which brought people to socialise in the pubs.

* Rachael Burdin, chairwoman of Friends of the Stray, has lived in the area for six years.

She said: “One of the things that attracted us to buy our house in Lightcliffe was the children calling for each other to play out in the street.

“It reminded us of our own childhood and gave a sense of community. The friendliness of people is one of the things I love the most about living here, plus everything is on your doorstep.

“There are local shops for most things you could need, a great selection of pubs where you always feel welcome and good restaurants and there are great child care providers and schools here as well,” she said.

* Anthony Smith, head teacher at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High, said the school has “a strong sense of community.”

“We’re a high achieving school and we’re are extremely proud of our students and their achievements.

“They are fantastic ambassadors for the school and for young people today. Every student is important and Hipperholme and Lightcliffe is a big school with a small school feel,” he said.

Click on the related articles below to read our campaign stories. And keep checking back as more are added over the four weeks.

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