NorthwaysThis site is maintained by the parish council under a 99 year lease from Leeds City Council. Its name recalls the former Northways School of which it was the playing field. Nunnery Way occupies the site of the school buildings some of which were once a convent.
The field and woodland area are available to the public to enjoy quietly for recreational use. The playing pitch is the home of Clifford A.F.C. and they have priority for its use on fixture dates and practice sessions. Written permission must be obtained from the Parish Council for any other organised match or training session.
It is intended that the woodland area will be managed with a ‘light touch’ to allow a natural environment to develop. Users are therefore asked to keep to the path and not to disturb the habitat piles nor the site generally. Wild flowers should not be picked. Please be aware of the natural hazards which you may encounter as in the countryside e.g. stinging insects and their nests, stinging or irritating plants. Do not eat unidentified berries or, in particular, fungi.
Please note that any activity on the field is prohibited which is likely to cause danger or injury to other users or may cause annoyance, disturbance, inconvenience or damage to neighbouring premises or their occupiers.
Clifford Parish Council is not responsible for injury caused during the use of this field. No camping, fires or fireworks are allowed. No alcohol may be consumed on the site.
No organised event may take place on the field without written permission from Clifford Parish Council.
Please keep all dogs under control. It is a criminal offence not to remove faeces deposited on the land by a dog in your care.
Please do not deposit litter on any part of the land. Please use a litter bin or take it home with you.
Community GardenThe community garden at the rear of the village hall was created in 2004 with a grant from ‘Living Spaces’. Residents are welcome to use it at all reasonable times. There is an area for playing ball games at the lower end next to the children’s play area.
The garden is owned and managed by the Village Hall Committee and the parish council assists financially with its maintenance. Please treat it with care.
Play AreaSituated below the Community Garden, this includes a range of equipment, newly installed in 2000 to suit children from 2 to 12 years of age. It was established with a grant from the National Lottery and is owned by the Village Hall Committee. Under an agreement with the committee, the parish council pays for running costs, annual inspections and maintenance. The council has established a specific fund to ensure that resources are available to do this.
Village GreenFollowing a campaign led by the parish council, the piece of land between Clifford Moor Road and Willow Crescent was designated a village green in 2002 Long term residents of the village recalled this being known as ‘the chidren’s playing field’ and it was on this basis that it was designated.
It is maintained, through their contractor, by Leeds City Council who remain the landowner. At one time it was a quarry and then became a land-fill site which made it unsuitable for development. It is now available for anyone to use for informal recreation.
There are only three public footpaths within the Clifford parish boundary.
Footpath No. 1 runs from Willow Lane (where it is known as Westfield Lane) to the footbridge over the A1. The signpost ‘Footpath to the Great North Road’ indicates its history.
Footpath No. 2 runs from the other side of the footbridge to the boundary with Collingham and Linton parish.
Footpath No. 3 was established in 2000 as a result of an initiative by the parish council. It runs from Moor Avenue to Boston Road. It is maintained as an urban footpath as its origins were to provide pedestrian access between Boston Road and the Moor Avenue estate, built by the then Wetherby Rural District Council.
Clifford Parish Council is a member of the Paths Partnership scheme with Leeds City Council. Under this scheme, the parish council arranges for maintenance of the footpaths, the cost being largely met by an annual grant from Leeds City Council.
Also there is a Bridlepath, (also known as a "Non-Motorised Users Path") which runs along the eastern side of the A1, with a deviation around Rhodes Lane Farm. It connects to Winnow Lane in the north of Clifford parish, to Footpath No 1 at the footbridge over the A1 and to Gypsy Lane in the south of the parish, continuinf on to Bramham.
All other land in the parish is in private ownership and residents are asked to respect it as such. There is no land in the parish designated as ‘open access’ under the Countryside and Wildlife Act (CROW) 2000.
Land which was the Primary School Playing Field
The piece of land between St Edward’s church graveyard and the recent St Edward’s Wood development has been taken on by the parish council with a 99-year lease from Leeds City Council. This area is available for walking and quiet enjoyment.